Kinshasa Symphony

Director: Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Germany
Year: 2010
Running Time: 95 min
Language: French and Lingala

Kinshasa Symphony, Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, 2010, DRC/Germany, 95 min.

Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth in the Congo! The film follows West Africa’s only symphonic orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste of Kinshasa, as it prepares for its first open air concert in its neighborhood, Ngiri-Ngiri. It is also a study of people doing their best to maintain a most complex human joint endeavor in one of the world’s most chaotic cities. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa and the power of music.

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