Film Screening: The Congo Tribunal
Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents:
The Congo Tribunal
Directed by Milo Rau
Saturday 3 November 2018 at 7:00 pm at Zoukak Studio
Tickets: 8,000 L.L.
Tickets are available through ihjoz.com and at the door
Free Entry for students (upon presenting their Student ID), unemployed citizens, migrant domestic workers and people working in the artistic field (artists, technicians, administrators...). Those benefiting from the free entry are asked to show at the venue 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Germany/Switzerland 2017, 100 min (French, English, German, Swahili, Lingala among others, with English Subtitles)
For more than 20 years an inexplicable Civil War is turning a territory as big as Western Europe into hell on earth. Triggered by the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and based on the direct or indirect involvement of all great powers of our time, the Congo War, also called the "Third World War", has claimed up to six million lives. Many observers not only see in it a fight about political predominance in Central Africa, but also one of the most decisive economic battles for the share in the era of globalization. While the number of rebel armies involved may be in-transparent - the more in-transparent are the arms dealers operating in the supply lines, the role of foreign diplomats and humanitarian relief organizations, but also the entanglements of multinational mining companies. Will this - so far biggest and bloodiest - economic war of human history decide about the future order of the global community?
The Congo Tribunal brought together the main protagonists and analysts of the Congo War in Bukavu – the provincial capital of South Kivu, the most affected area by the war – and one month later in Berlin for a large, three-day civil tribunal. It was created as a reaction to the passivity of the international community to the systematic attacks against the civil population in East Congo and was designed to counteract the decades of impunity in the region.
Milo Rau‘s The Congo Tribunal examines the causes and background to this war in the Great Lakes region in a unique and stunningly political cross-media art project. The result is a humanly harrowing, profound analytic tableau of the neo-colonial world order.
Director & Screenplay: Milo Rau
Camera: Thomas Schneider
Dramaturgy & Editing Katja: Dringenberg
Research & Casting: Eva-Maria Bertschy
Music: Marcel Vaid
Sound Design & Mixing: Guido Keller
Producer: Sebastian Lemke
Production: Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist
A production of Fruitmarket (Germany) and Langfilm (Schweiz)
In cooperation with IIPM - International Institute of Political Murder, SRF Swiss Radio and Television - SRG SSR, ZDF in cooperation with ARTE
Funded by Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK), Schweiz, BKM - Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kanton St.Gallen Kulturförderung – Swisslos, Zürcher Filmstiftung, DFFF - Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Migros-Kulturprozent, Volkart Stiftung
Milo Rau was called by critics “the most influential“ (DIE ZEIT), “most awarded“ (Le Soir), “most interesting“ (De Standaard) or “most ambitious“ (The Guardian) artist of our time. He is the artistic director of the NTGent beginning in the season 2018/19. Since 2002, he has put out over 50 plays, films, books and actions. His productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals. Rau has received many honours, most recently the Peter-Weiss-Prize 2017, the 3sat-Prize 2017, the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lectureship for Drama. In 2017, Milo Rau was voted "Acting Director of the Year" in the critics' survey conducted by the Deutsche Bühne. Rau is also a television critic, lecturer and a very productive writer.
Zoukak Sidewalks – The Festival 2018 is supported by: Drosos Foundation, AFAC – Arab Fund for Art and Culture, the Sundance Institute, the Goethe Institute, the British Council, the French Institute – Paris, the French Institute – Lebanon, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - Beirut Office, Salon Du Livre Francophone.