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Downstream to Kinshasa

A film by Dieudo Hamadi

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Over six bloody days in June 2000, the Congolese city of Kisangani was the scene of deadly violence between the Ugandan and Rwandan armies. More than 10,000 shells exploded, killing thousands and injuring thousands more.

Since then, victims of the Six-Day War have fought for recognition and compensation. Uganda has been found guilty of war crimes by the International Court of Justice, but the victims remain uncompensated decades later.

Now, they decide to take matters into their own hands. In the first Congolese film to be an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, acclaimed director Dieudo Hamadi (Mama Colonel, National Diploma, Ladies in Waiting) captures their long journey down the Congo River to voice their claims in capital city of Kinshasa, seeking justice at last.

“Intense, urgent, and shocking... A film few have yet seen in theaters, to our considerable detriment.” Eric Hynes, Reverse Shot

Downstream proves Hamadi a significant voice in humanist, activist filmmaking, as well as an emerging figure of note telling African stories from perspectives rooted in the communities from which they hail.” —Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

A documentary about Sisyphean persistence in the face of institutional indifference, “Downstream to Kinshasa” is riveting. —The New York Times

Best Documentary, Amiens International Film Festival
Golden Dove Prize and Jury Prize, Dok Leipzig Documentary Festival
Masters, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Special Mention, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Academy Awards, National Submission of the Democratic Republic of Congo
AFI Fest
AFRIFF Film Festival Nigeria
Canadian Film Institute
Cannes Film Festival
Cascade Festival of African Films
Cleveland International Film Festival
Doc Lisboa Documentary Film Festival
Gene Siskel Film Center
Leeds International Film Festival
MSP International Film Festival
RIDM Documentary Festival Montreal
Seattle International Film Festival
Singapore International Film Festival

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

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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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