The Reel Congo Film Series

July 10th will kick off our new film series called "The Reel Congo."  We want this film series to explore trends in telling Congo's stories and show that there are many sobering as well as inspiring realities--many reels and many realities worth exploring in DRC.  We are working to build a community of folks who want to connect with Congolese subjects as well as the local Congolese community in Pittsburgh.


Each month of our series will focus on a particular subject, as you see below. Conversation following the film will explore how different perspectives on the same subject can help educate and challenge us to develop our thinking about the DR Congo.  We want our audience to leave understanding more about DR Congo with a growing appreciation for its culture and people.

We believe it will be educational for everyone to discuss how these films compare and contrast to what people are hearing in the mainstream media as well as to compare these stories with direct experience in Congo.  It is my great hope that, as the series grows, we will have a rich and varied conversation to compare and contrast Congolese realities to what we see on screen, so that we might learn from those in our community who have intimate knowledge on the subject.  I will be happy to share some of my family's personal stories; I grew up in the Congo and have four generations of family connection there.  It would be gratifying to have a large Congolese presence at these events, as I think they are one of our greatest untapped local resources on these subjects.

  • July will be a month of films dedicated to Congolese women.
  • August will be a month of films dedicated to Congolese musicians.
  • September will be a month of films dedicated to Congolese history.
  • October will finish the series with a story about Congolese identity.

All showings will take place on Sundays at the Paramount Film Exchange Building   in Uptown where Blvd of the Allies and Miltenberger meet (1727 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219).  Doors will open at 6 PM and films will begin at 6:30 P.M.  Suggested donation for admission $5.  Refreshments will be available for purchase, including concession candy, freshly-popped popcorn, wine, beer, water, and soda.  All proceeds benefit the Congolese Advocacy Memorial Project.

Click on the titles below for more information about the films.

Screening Schedule:

July 10: Lumo

July 17th: The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo  & Jazz Mama

July 24: Women in War Zones

July 31: Pushing the Elephant

August 7: La Vie Est Belle (Life is Rosy)

August 14: Kinshasa Symphony

August 21: On the Rumba River

August 28: Jupiter's Dance


September 11:  Afro@digital

September 18:  Mobutu, King of Zaire

September 25: Lumumba, La Mort Du Prophete (Lumumba, The Death of a Prophet)

October 2: Benda Bilili

October 9: Pieces D'Identitie (Pieces of Identity)