Documentary following the inspirational Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste and choir as they make their debut visit to the UK. It captures the latest step in an extraordinary odyssey for the world's first all-black orchestra, formed 20 years ago from a group of self-taught church musicians in Kinshasa, the capital city of the turbulent DRC. From the moment the 100-strong party led by conductor Armand Diangienda touches down at Manchester Airport, we follow them night and day as they work side by side with the Halle orchestra and choir and later at the Southbank in London with members of the National Youth Orchestra, BBC orchestras, Southbank Sinfonia and more. Amongst the hectic schedule of instrument repairs, seminars, rehearsals and performances, they still find time for a visit to Manchester United's Old Trafford ground, and down south take a trip to the Proms and a flight on the London Eye that turns into a joyous spontaneous singalong. The climax is a concert at London's Royal Festival Hall, with a programme embracing the rousing ode to brotherhood of Beethoven's 9th, along with a symphony written by members of the orchestra.
Peter Bate's "Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death" is a documentary that recounts the genocide perpetrated against the people of Congo by the colonial occupation under the control of Belgium's King Leopold II.
CONGO: The Grand Inga Project chronicles kayak icon Steve Fisher as he and a team of the bravest and most talented paddlers on earth tackle a first descent of the Inga Rapids, a deadly stretch of whitewater in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 1964 a missionary family from Belfast found themselves caught up in a bloody rebellion in the Central African Republic of Congo. Held under house arrest for four months, the McAllisters narrowly escaped death, but 19 of their friends and colleagues were not so fortunate. Now, 50 years on, 89-year-old Bob McAllister is making the 6,000-mile journey back into the heart of the Congo to remember those who died. This film follows Bob on that journey, and tells the story of how the McAllisters came to be in Congo, their arrest and sensational rescue.
After a brief lull at the end of the 1930s, a new cluster of Brazza biographies, one of them a film, surfaced during and immediately following the Second World War. The film, Brazza, l'épopée du Congo, directed by Léon Poirier, premiered in January 1940; its 150-page screenplay, thickened by dozens of stills, saw print in book form a few weeks later. The story is familiar, the view of Africa a string of stereotypes. The movie features a bare-breasted African woman whose plaintive chants narrate the film's transitions from one scene to the next.