DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA Documentary

DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA

USA Premiere

Following the film, AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson leads a conversation with filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi.

In June 2000, the brutal Six-Day War between Uganda and Rwanda swept through the city of Kisangani, Congo, leaving 1,000 Congolese dead and 3,000 injured. Filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi (KINSHASA MAKAMBO, NATIONAL DIPLOMA) follows a group of severely injured survivors of the war on a truly epic journey down the Congo River as they seek to appeal directly to the national government in Kinshasa for the compensation that they are owed.

Hamadi brilliantly cuts through to the emotional core of every scene, oscillating between desperation, fear, hatred, love and joy. Will this trip be a fool’s errand, a catastrophic disaster or, possibly, one of hope, redemption and the promise of a better life? One thing is certain for these brave individuals: in making this journey, there is no turning back.
–Ken Jacobson

Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1984. He directed four feature-length documentary films that brought him worldwide recognition: ATALAKU (2013), NATIONAL DIPLOMA (2014), MAMA COLONEL (2017) and KINSHASA MAKAMBO (2018). DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA is his latest feature documentary film.

Gregory Bétend
Andana Films
gregory@andanafilms.com

Details

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Belgium

Year: 2020

Director: Dieudo Hamadi

Screenwriter: Dieudo Hamadi

Producers: Quentin Laurent, Frédéric Féraud, Dieudo Hamadi

Director of Photography: Dieudo Hamadi

Editors: Hélène Ballis, Catherine Catella

Music: Les Zombies de Kisangani

Running Time (minutes): 90

Languges: Swahili, Lingala

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