La Belle at the Movies

Director: Cecilia Zoppelletto
Countries: UK/Belgium/Congo
Year: 2015
Running Time: 67min.
Language: French and Lingala with English subtitles


Kinshasa, “Kin la Belle” is a city of 10 million people without a single cinema. The story of the city, its apartheid era, and Mobutu’s neo colonialism, unfolds through the fate of its cinemas. At the same time, La Belle celebrates the Kinshasa cowboys who found their identity in the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s. Through interviews and poetic imagery, La Belle at the Movies bears a unique testimony to an African film industry in crisis.