City of Joy

DR Congo - C. Africa

Madaleine Gavin | Release date: 8 Oct 2017

Devastated by 20 years of violence, the eastern part of The Democratic Republic of Congo is often referred to as “the worst place in the world to be a woman.” This film brings a different story from the region. City of Joy follows the first class of women at a revolutionary lea...

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Makala

DR Congo - C. Africa

Emmanuel Gras | Release date: 9 Sep 2017

Trials tribulation dreams and aspirations of a young farmer earning a living making and selling charcoal in Congo. “Movies are like a machine that generates empathy,” Roger Ebert once said. His sentiment is exemplified by Makala, a simple story of one man’s labour told ...

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No Place to Call Home: Love, Loss, Belonging

DR Congo - C. Africa

J. J. Bola | Release date: 22 Jun 2017

As the family attempts to integrate and navigate modern British society, as well as hold on to their roots and culture, they meet Tonton, a sapeur, womaniser, alcohol-loving, party enthusiast, who, much to Papa’s dislike, after losing his job, moves in with them. Tonton introduces the fa...

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Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State

DR Congo - C. Africa

Ira Dworkin | Release date: 12 Jun 2017

In his 1903 hit “Congo Love Song,” James Weldon Johnson recounts a sweet if seemingly generic romance between two young Africans. While the song’s title may appear consistent with that narrative, it also invokes the site of King Leopold II of Belgium’s brutal coloni...

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The Lights of Pointe-Noire

Republic of Congo - C. Africa

Alain Mabanckou | Release date: 1 Mar 2016

Alain Mabanckou left Congo in 1989, at the age of twenty-two, not to return until a quarter of a century later. When he finally came back to Pointe-Noire, a bustling port town on Congo’s southeastern coast, he found a country that in some ways had changed beyond recognition: the cinema w...

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Grey Mornings, Black Noons and White Nights

Cameroon - C. Africa

N. Muma Alain | Release date: 24 Feb 2016

Regardless of our race, ethnic origin, religion, social status or net worth, we all experience similar things at some point during the course of our lives. Whilst a person on one end of the world may be feeling happy about landing a new job, another person, on the other end of the world is...

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Tram 83

DR Congo - C. Africa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila | Release date: 8 Sep 2015

Two friends, one a budding writer home from abroad, the other an ambitious racketeer, meet in the most notorious nightclub—Tram 83—in a war-torn city-state in secession, surrounded by profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities. Tram 83 plunges the reader into the modern African ...

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