Kinshasa Makambo

DRC | NR | 75 min | Lingala, French


Michigan Theater - Screening Room Mon, May 13, 2019 8:15 PM
with special guest appearance!
Emagine Royal Oak - Aud 8 Sat, May 18, 2019 12:30 PM
Event Info
Film Section:World Documentary
Content Advisory
Ann Arbor
Royal Oak
Content Warnings:Violence
shaky camera
Audience Award:Yes
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Run Time (in minutes):75
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Production Country:Democratic Republic of Congo
Subtitles:with English subtitles
Previous Festivals:Belldocs
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Dieudo Hamadi


In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time. This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country's freedom and is persecuted by the secret service. Christian fights unperturbed in the streets of Kinshasa, even after former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, on whom the opposition had pinned their hopes, dies and the movement against Kabila's extension of his time in office seems paralysed. Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required?

With special guest appearance by Mbala Nkanga, Associate Professor of Theatre and Drama at U-M, on Monday May 13th at the Michigan Theater