Dowstream to Kinshasa

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Genre : Political
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2020
Format : Feature
Running time : 90 (in minutes)

For two decades, the victims of the Six-Day War in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been fighting in Kisangani for the recognition of this bloody conflict and demanding compensation. Tired of unsuccessful pleas, they have finally decided to voice their claims in Kinshasa, after a long journey down the Congo River. From 5th to 10th June 2000, the city of Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was the scene of heavy weapons fighting the armies of Uganda and Rwanda. The damage caused was immense: more than 10,000 shells exploded. 6,000 deaths, thousands of injured and material damages estimated at several hundred million dollars. Since then, the Association of Victims of the Six-Day War has been fighting for the recognition of this bloody conflict and demanding compensation for the damage suffered. Uganda has been found guilty of "war crimes" by the International Court of Justice, but the amount of compensation to be paid out is still being discussed two decades after the war. Tired of the bureaucratic negotiations and unsuccessful pleas that have been drawn out for years, tired of the patent indifference of their fellow countrymen, the members of the Association have finally decided to take their fate into their own hands: after a long journey on the Congo River, they will voice their claims in Kinshasa, the capital, where the institutions are based and where most of the former leaders in this war have found refuge.

a film by Dieudo HAMADI

Sola, Modogo, Mama Kashinde, Papa Sylvain, Bozi, Président Lemalema

Congo DRC / France, 2020, Feature Documentary, 1h30, en Lingala - Swahili

DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA by Dieudo Hamadi - official trailer from laterit productions on Vimeo.

Awards :
Toronto International Film Festival 2020 "Amplify Voices Award Special mention" /
"Golden Dove" International competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, Dok. Leipzig 2020 /
"Prize of the Interreligious Jury", Dok. Leipzig 2020 /
Grand Prix long-métrage documentaire, Festival International du Film d'Amiens 2020 /

Festivals :
Festival de Cannes (France) / Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) / AFI FEST (LA, USA) / Doc Lisboa (Lisbonne, Portugal) / DOK Leipzig (Allemagne) / RIDM (Montréal, Canada) / Braunschweig International Film Festival (Allemagne) / Festival International du Film d'Amiens (France) / Filmtage Tubingen (Allemagne) / Leeds International Film Festival (UK) / Seville European Film Festival (Espagne) / Festival dei Popoli (Florence, Italie) / IDFA (Amsterdam, Pays-Bas) - Masters / Festival international du film de Singapour (Asie) / AFRIFF (Nigeria) / Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (La Marsa, Tunisie) / FIPADOC (Biarritz, France), Miradas Docs (Espagne), FIFDH (Suisse), Tempo Dokumentary Festival (Suède), Festival international du film d'Ottawa (Canada), Festival du film de Louxor (Egypte) puis : Cleveland International Film Festival (USA), Seattle International Film Festival (USA), Vues d'Afrique


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