lumumba

Starting tonight through October 24th, the excellent Maysles Institute in Harlem is showing films about the Democratic Republic of Congo for the next three and a half weeks. Films like “Soul Power,” Raoul Peck’s “Lumumba,” Mweze Ngangura’s “Piece d’Identite,” “White King, Red Rubber, Black Death,” “Dan Rather Reports: All Mine” (about the sale of a diamond mine by the Congolese government to an American company at basement bargian price), the short films of director Petna Katondolo, and the 3-hour documentary, “Mobutu, King of Zaire.” I’ve seen all these films with the exception of Katondolo’s work. They’re all worth watching.

The films selection is so good, that we’ll forgive the meaningless PR, as spotted by Lara, which refers to the multinational war (that has been going on since 1997) as “the deadliest humanitarian crisis.” Lara also pointed to the strange habit of referring to the conflict in the third person: “… It has taken nearly 6 million lives …” As if it is like a thunderstorm that no one can control.

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