Viva Riva

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Viva Riva
Djo Tunda Wa Munga, 2010
Democratic Republic of Congo | 96 minutes

After a decade away, small-time operator Riva returns to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen, Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster, Azor. Tension quickly arises between Riva and Azor, which is only complicated by an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline. Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s Kinshasa is a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs, and Riva is its perfect embodiment.

Series: New York African Film Festival

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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