Congolese documentarian Mweze Ngangura visits Melnitz Movies and brings his latest film to be screened.
Melnitz Movies, the Graduate Students Association, and the African Studies Center present...
YOU DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING IN KINSHASA
Director Mweze Ngangura in person for a Q&A!
Q&A MODERATED BY PROFESSOR TESHOME GABRIEL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SCREENING.
About the film:
Capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa is Africa's third largest city and the second sub-Saharan megalopolis. Mweze Ngangura's latest documentary observes the vulnerable communities of people struggling to survive on the fringes of the social system in the Congolese capital. These underground communities, functioning like small independent governments, embody the people's aspirations to social equality, democracy and good governance.
Best Documentary, 2009 Ion Film Festival, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Co-presented by the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival
About the filmmaker:
Mweze Ngangura studied filmmaking at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Brussels. From 1976 to 1985, he taught at the Institut Nationale des Arts and the Studio Ecole de la Voix du Zaire in Kinshasa. His 1983 short film Kin-Kiesse was selected as the best documentary at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Africa's largest film festival. La Vie est Belle (1987), his popularly acclaimed debut feature, was also the democratic Republic of Congo’s premier feature and his Pieces d'Identites won the most prestigious award in Africa, the Etalon de Yennega (Grand Prize) at FESPACO in 1999.
"[Ngangura] challenges the representational orthodoxies which hitherto define African cinema and makes a case for a film culture informed by ideas rather than political posturing. This is not surprising if it is noted that his oeuvre relentlessly engages the zones of (ex)change which carry significant value in the analysis of post-colonial cultures. Here, new forms of identities and resistance confront the larger questions and possibilities which constitute the social/political realities of African cinema." -Jude G. Akudinobi, University of California, Santa Barbara [Professor Akudinobi is a valued ASC colleague!]
WRITER and DIRECTOR: Mweze Ngangura
-- In French with English subtitles - 90 minutes
About Melnitz Movies/more info:
For more info, contact MELNITZ MOVIES:
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2010
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available for $10 in lot 3; use pay-by-space parking spaces.
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Melnitz Movies and the Graduate Students Association.