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Downstream to Kinshasa

A film by Dieudo Hamadi

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In June 2000, the city of Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was the scene of heavy weapons fighting between the armies of Uganda and Rwanda. The damage caused was immense: more than 10,000 shells exploded. Thousands of deaths, thousands of injured and material damages estimated at several hundred million dollars.

Since then, the Association of Victims of the Six-Day War has been fighting for the recognition of this bloody conflict and demanding compensation for the damage suffered. Uganda has been found guilty of war crimes by the International Court of Justice, but the amount of compensation to be paid out is still being discussed two decades after the war. Tired of the bureaucratic negotiations and unsuccessful pleas that have been drawn out for years, tired of the patent indifference of their fellow countrymen, the members of the Association have finally decided to take their fate into their own hands. After a long journey on the Congo River, they will voice their claims in Kinshasa, the capital, where the institutions are based and where most of the former leaders in this war have found refuge.

“Dieudo Hamadi’s Downstream to Kinshasa offers a conveyance experience that’s as intense, urgent, and shocking as any I can recall seeing.” —Eric Hynes, Reverse Shot

Cannes Film Festival 2020
Special Mention, Toronto International Film Festival 2020
Golden Dove Prize and Jury Prize, DOK Leipzig Documentary Film Festival 2020
Best Documentary, Amiens International Film Festival 2020
Doclisboa Documentary Film Festival 2020
AFI Fest 2020
Seville Film Festival 2020
Singapore International Film Festival
Cascade Festival of African Films 2021
The Docyard Film Series, 2021
Seattle International Film Festival 2021

89 minutes / Color
Swahili; Lingala / English subtitles
Release: 2021
Copyright: 2020

Subject areas:
African Studies, Central Africa, Cinema Studies, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Disabilities, Disability Studies and Advocacy, Health and Health Care, Human Rights, Politics, Political Science

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