A barge bow is cut through water erosion as people are taken aboard the Congo River. Crashed with barely any place to move, the passengers stopped the rain, rain, dance, cooks, food, sleeping and tarpaulin sheets altogether.
Camera lives with a small group of handicapped men and women within this jostling mass. He is the survivor of a murderer Six day struggle In 2000 there was a fight between Uganda and Rwanda in Kisangani, a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are heading to Kinshasa, the capital of the Congo, to demand their long-overdue government compensation, which the survivors say is worth $ 1 billion.
In the face of institutional apathy, “Downstream to Kinsha” is a documentary about Sassefen persistence riveting in these boat scenes. As director Diोडdo Hamadi enters the fray with his themes, his gaze is neither voyeuristic nor ethnographic. As he passes the boat with his handcuffed phone camera, his lens is dashed by drops of wind and rain; Later, when the survivors perform in the Congo’s parliament, the police repeatedly remove the director’s camera.
Hamdi contends these electric scenes of protest with quiet moments of survivors fighting their cheap and inconvenient prostheses, debating tactics and pretending about their experiences. The film sometimes bursts flags in energy as it cuts between these different anecdotes, but its pace is justified by how easy it can be to stop the fight for justice when democracy becomes impenetrable to those who make it Serve. Looking at the themes of “Downside to Kinshasa” – the tenacity of which the film honors but is never romantic – it is not surprising: what is the right to protest if it falls on deaf ears?
Down from Kinshasa
Not rated. Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes. In Lingala and Swahili, with subtitles. On virtual cinema.