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6th Congo in Harlem Festival Taking Place in NYC

The 6th Annual Congo in Harlem film and event series is taking place from October 16th – 26th, 2014, at the Maysles Cinema in New York City!
 
Congo in Harlem is a week-long showcase of films, exhibitions, parties and special events focused on the history, politics, and culture of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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According to Congo in Harlem, “The goal of the series is to deepen our communityʼs understanding of the DRC through art and dialogue. Each year, we strive to present a diverse program that encourages audiences to think critically and challenge their assumptions. But we also want people to have fun! Congo in Harlem is more than just movies and discussions – itʼs an opportunity to discover Congolese food, music, and artwork, learn about Congoʼs challenges, and get involved.”
 
Highlights of this edition of Congo in Harlem include:
 
– SisterOyo, acclaimed Congolese director Monique Mbeka Phobaʼs first foray into historical fiction. Set in the 1950s in Bas-Congo, the film chronicles a Congolese schoolgirlʼs struggles at a French Catholic School. Monique Mbeka Phoba will be in attendance to present the film.
 
– AfriqʼAnimʼAction, a showcase of 8 animated short films created by student filmmakers from DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo-Brazzaville, under the supervision of legendary Congolese filmmaker/animator, Jean Michel Kibushi.
 
– Photos from Kinshasa, taken in the 1950s and 60s by street photographer, JeanDepara, presented by the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection.
 
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Have a look at the full schedule here, and look out for a review on the festival in the upcoming December (13.2) issue of ARTsouthAFRICA Magazine!