Kongo: Grand Illusions

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Kongo: Grand Illusions
Daniel Cattier, 2011
Congo/Belgium | 52 minutes

Through the use of animation and never-before-seen colonial footage, this documentary introduces neglected figures of the past who strove to build the Congolese nation, and illuminates some of the premises for the movements which eventually lead to independence.

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Why Are They Here? Chinese Stories in Africa
Yara Costa, Mozambique, 2011; 35m

A tiny village in Lesotho, an isolated island in Mozambique, the bustling capital of Ghana—poor Chinese immigrants go there hoping to thrive and prosper, but find themselves facing all kinds of obstacles, even death. This film takes a close look at three stories representing the most personal encounters between Africans and Chinese in the past ten years.

Series: New York African Film Festival

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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