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Country: CONGO, FRANCE, BELGIUM
Language: Lingala, Swahili
Run Time: 90 minutes
For six days in June 2000, foreign Rwandan and Ugandan forces fought to occupy the Congolese city of Kisangani, located at the mineral-rich mouth of the Congo River. The conflict, now known as the Six-Day War of Kisangani, left more than 1,000 dead and 3,000 injured. Many innocents were maimed and left amputees by the confrontation’s heavy shelling and gunfire. Nearly 20 years later, the Congolese government has yet to provide victims of the conflict financial compensation or acknowledge the atrocities committed. Desperate and frustrated, a group of survivors organizes a trip to the nation’s capital of Kinshasa to directly plead with politicians. Despite inferior prosthetics and financial constraints, they’ll make the arduous journey down the Congo River to confront a government that’s ignored their stories and pain for far too long. DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA is a documentary about perseverance. The film profiles the plight of survivors while interspersing scenes of musical theatre productions based on their personal experiences. These productions help them process their trauma and empowers them to take their concerns to a national stage. (In Lingala and Swahili with subtitles) — R.R.
CIFF45 Streams On Demand
Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
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