Congo on Film
Three Congolese music films and a classic documentary complement the exhibition, Fragments of the Invisible: The René and Odette Delenne Collection of Congo Sculpture. All shown in the Morley Lecture Hall.
Admission to each film is $9; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, and students $7; or one CMA Film Series voucher. Vouchers, in books of ten, can be purchased at the Ticket Center for $70 (CMA members $60).
Shown at major film festivals last year (including Toronto and New York) but never subsequently released in the U.S., this acclaimed drama focuses on a group of Congolese street kids who form a hip hop group after they are accused of witchcraft and kicked out of their homes. Cleveland premiere.
In this delightful comedy, world music star Papa Wemba plays an African villager who moves to Kinshasa to fulfill his dreams of becoming a musician. There he falls for a young woman who is also being pursued by his boss, a wealthy nightclub owner.
Shot over five years, this exuberant music film profiles Congo’s extraordinary street band Staff Benda Bilili (Look Beyond Appearances), which includes four paraplegics and a homeless boy they adopted. The group has risen from the mean streets of Kinshasa to the concert halls of Europe. “Infectious and joyous.” –Hollywood Reporter.
This rare silent feature was shot during André Gide's influential 1926–27 expedition to French Equatorial Africa (including what is now the Republic of the Congo) that resulted in his anti-colonialist book of the same name. Live piano accompaniment by Sebastian Birch.