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congo - a political tragedy

Documentary Feature: Congo – A Political Tragedy (The Path to Freedom)
Running Time: 87 Minutes
SHORT SYNOPSIS

Resource-rich Africa has been a feeding hand for many successful countries and businesses that have never really benefited the continent itself nor the majority of its people.

First of a 3-film series, Congo: A Political Tragedy is a feature-length documentary chronicling the political history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the arrival of the first European settlers to the nation’s struggle for independence.

It offers the unique perspective of Congolese co-writers Patrick Kabeya and Mina Malu, as they document the history of a country that has so far mostly been told through the eyes of foreigners.

LONG SYNOPSIS

Resource-rich Africa has been a feeding hand for many successful countries and businesses that have never really benefitted the continent itself nor the majority of its people. African challenges have however often been diagnosed as internal or tribal issues mostly attributed to what was deemed a lack of education and inherent inaptitude to self-govern.

In a world greatly influenced by western socio-cultural standards, the in-depth story of the various nations of this continent has often been overlooked, leaving its people to piece their heritage together independently from the most widespread narratives.

First of a 3-film series, Congo: A Political Tragedy is a feature-length documentary chronicling the political history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the arrival of the first European settlers to the nation’s struggle for independence. It offers the unique perspective of Congolese co-writers Patrick Kabeya and Mina Malu, as they document the history of a country that has so far mostly been told through the eyes of foreigners.

Using rarely seen archive footage, the 2018 film attempts to retrace the major events that have contributed to the shaping of modern Congo’s political landscape and socioeconomic conditions. Through a collection of speeches and first-hand accounts from major actors, including King Baudoin, Patrice Lumumba, Joseph Kasavubu, Joseph Mobutu and Gaston Eyskens, an intricate but clear picture of the hazardous path to freedom is being illustrated.

This documentary takes the audience through the historical and lasting impact of colonization on mentalities and how it significantly helps determine a people’s place in the world.

It emphasizes that self-determination comes at a steep price and involves sacrifices that will invariably challenge status quo, for better or for worse.

BIO: PATRICK KABEYA

Born in Likasi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Patrick Kadi Kabeya is a Congolese-Canadian Documentary Producer, Screenwriter, Editor and software programmer based in Ottawa, Canada.

A confident and creative filmmaker with experience in writing, producing and editing documentary films mainly on the topic of the Congo.

 

Over the last 10 years, Patrick has horned his skills producing and directing shorts and two feature documentary distributed online, including “Congo - Nature” (2018), “Notre Parcours” (2015), “Independence Cha Cha - The Story of Lumumba” (2010), "Congo - How did it come to this" (2009).

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