VIVA RIVA! film screening, Q&A with Djo Tunda Wa Munga

Melnitz Movies and the Graduate Students Association present a film screening of Viva Riva! Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga in person for a Q&A following the screening.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095


In Lingala and French with English subtitles  -- 96 minutes, 35mm
Rated R

Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline. Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s Kinshasa is a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs and Riva is its perfect embodiment.

Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2010, Berlin Film Festival 2011
Winner of 6 African Movie Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director

"A blast from start to finish" – Robert Koehler, VARIETY
"A bold crime action film that’s vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic." – Maggie Lee, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Djo Tunda Wa Munga
Starring: Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna, Marlene Longage, Diplome Amekindra, Alex Herabo
Cinematography: Antoine Roch
A Music Box Films release


Also playing this week at Melnitz….

Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 PM

James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall

The latest film from Jean-Luc Godard, a symphony in three movements:

  • THINGS SUCH AS: A Mediterranean cruise. Numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday...
  • OUR EUROPE: At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned their parents to appear before the court of their childhood. The children demand serious explanations of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.
  • OUR HUMANITIES: Visits to six sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona.

Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2010, Toronto International Film Festival 2010, New York Film Festival 2010

Director/Screenwriter: Jean-Luc Godard; In French, German, Russian (and more) with English subtitles -- 101 minutes, Digibeta

Movies are shown at the James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall at UCLA.
All movies are FREE to UCLA students, staff, faculty and community guests unless otherwise noted.
Melnitz Movies is funded through the UCLA Graduate Student Association and the ASUCLA Student Interaction Fund.
Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis (one ticket per person) at the Melnitz box office the day of the screening, one hour before showtime.



Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space parking ($10) available in lot 3

For more information please contact:

Melnitz Movies

Sponsor(s): , Melnitz Movies and the Graduate Students Association.