Congo River: Phantoms of history

Genre : Social
Type : Documentary series
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2006
Format : Mid-length

Following the explorer Stanley's footsteps, the film takes us from the mouth to the source of the mighty Congo river, and up the world's largest river basin. All along its 4,371 km we discover places that have seen and experienced this country's turbulent history.

Archive materials remind us of people from African mythology who shaped and formed its destiny: colonisers like Stanley and Leopold II and African leaders like Lumumba and Mobutu.

This journey to the heart of Africa, beyond the shadows of tragedy and war, is a hymn to life just like the untameable vegetation that shrouds the river's shores.

During the different stages of the journey, images from the banks tell of a people's joys and suffering, of the celebrations and tragedies that punctuate the lives of canoeists, fishermen, merchants, travellers, military men, rebels, child soldiers, Mai Mai militia and brutalised women. We see an entire people in search of light and dignity along the course of this majestic river.

2006, Congo, Documentary, French + Lingala + Swahili + English, With English Subtitles, With French Subtitles

Dir: Thierry Michel

Prod : Christine Pireaux, Serge Lalou

Partners

  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • PACIFIC ARTS ALLIANCE
  • FURTHER ARTS
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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