Downstream to Kinshasa

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Film Info
Original Title:En route pour le milliard
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Images of Africa
Spotlight: Common Ground
Human Rights
Black Perspectives
Release Year:2020
Runtime:90 min
Country/Region:Democratic Republic of Congo
Festivals & Awards:TIFF 2020 - Amplify Voices Award Special mention
Dok Leipzig 2020 - Golden Dove in International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
Prize of the Interreligious Jury
Festival International du Film d'Amiens 2020 - Feature Documentary Grand Prix
Print Source:Icarus Films
Director:Dieudo Hamadi
Producer:Quentin Laurent
Frédéric Féraud
Dieudo Hamadi
Cinematographer:Dieudo Hamadi
Screenwriter:Dieudo Hamadi
Editor:Hélène Ballis
Catherine Catella
Composer:Les Zombies de Kisangani


How to Watch

20 years after the devastating Six-Day War, a battle between Rwandan and Ugandan forces that was part of the larger Second Congo War, a group of survivors journeys down the Congo River, seeking compensation that has been promised them for years.

Focusing on these nine citizens of Kisangani, which was caught in the middle of this deadly battle, director Dieudo Hamadi continues his cinematic focus on his native Congo. The citizens of Kisangani were maimed by the heavy shelling and gunfire. But they’re on the rebound, using musical theater to express their pain, sorrow, and even joy. Now they are demanding the financial compensation from the government that has been promised them and journey down the Congo River to get it. “[A]rresting in content and especially vital as a commentary on contemporary African society, human rights and disability issues.” --Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

Director Biography

Dieudo Hamadi Born in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dieudo Hamadi studied medicine for three years before becoming a filmmaker. He is the director of the features Atalaku (2013), National Diploma (2014), Mama Colonel (2017), Kinshasa Makambo (2018). Downstream to Kinshasa (2020) was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival.