Viva Riva! Congolese MTV Movie Award Winner at AFI Silver June 7!

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Director Djo Munga at the British Film Institute in March

Congolese Director Djo Munga was talking excitedly about his film when I saw him at an event at the British Film Institute in London. He must be bursting with pride now that his first feature film – and reportedly the first from the Congo in decades – Viva Riva! has garnered another award to add to its growing list: Best African Film at the MTV Movie Awards. If you live in the DC area you can get a chance to see it tonight at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. The show starts at 7:30pm and the director will be in attendance, with a question and answer session afterwards.

The movie is a thrilling African crime drama set in Kinshasa, revolving around a fuel shortage that’s threatening to cripple the Congolese capital. Small time operator Riva comes in to take full advantage of this, getting embroiled in conflicts with an Angolan crime boss, a local gangster and his seductive girlfriend, all set to the rhythm of the vibrant, shadowy, gritty streets of Kinshasa. Viva Riva! won Best Feature Film at the 2011 Pan-African Film Festival, and ran off with 6 2011 African Movie Awards. The film is in French and Lingala with English subtitles. The movie opens in London on June 24, with a pre-launch opening night party at the Ritzy¬†Cinema in Brixton. It opens in New York and LA June 10th. You can check out the trailer below. Bless…

Congo in Harlem!

October 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

Found out about this through Demetra Baylor and her humanitarian project Heal DRC. A series of Congo-related films is being screened in New York at the Maysles Cinema at 343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd at 127th Street. Breaking the Silence: Congo Week will kick off October 17, and will include, among other things, a movie documentary on soukous superstar Kanda Bongo Man! (He’s scheduled to be in attendance on that night.) Read more about Congo Week here: ¬†Breaking the Silence. Visit this page on Heal DRC for ways in which you can support that project. Bless…

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