Congo in four acts

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Summary

  • "A quartet of powerful, hard-hitting short films that lay bare the disturbing reality of everyday life in the Democratic Republic of Congo."--Container.
  • Ladies in waiting: "In a run-down maternity hospital, a ward of women who recently had babies wait to be allowed to leave. The problem? They cannot pay their hospital fees. A long-suffering manager must negotiate collateral with them so that they will return and pay in full."--Container.
  • Symphony Kinshasa: "A hard-hitting tour through Congo's capit[a]l city which uncovers the consequences of graft, neglect and poverty in Kinshasa's imploding infrastructure."--Container.
  • Zero tolerance: "Rape as a weapon of war has had much press, most notably in the recent Congo wars. Less discussed is the legacy it has left behind; a desensitized acceptance of the abuse of women at the hands of criminals, opportunists and most worryingly, ordinary men. This film follows the arrest of a group of youths who attack a woman."--Container.
  • After the mine: "Kipushi is a mining town, one of thousands keeping Congo's elite in extreme wealth. But for those who live in the shadow of its toxic fallout, it is a very different life, one where tainted water and contaminated soil are realities. This film tells the very personal stories of those trapped in such a deadly environment."--Container.

Notes

  • DVD.
  • In French with English subtitles.

Contents

  • Ladies in waiting / directed by Dieudo Hamadi & Davita Wa Lusala (24 min.) -- Symphony Kinshasa / directed by Kiripi Katembo Siku (15 min.) -- Zero tolerance / directed by Dieudo Hamadi (17 min.) -- After the mine / directed by Kiripi Katembo Siku (14 min.)
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