International Competition

Downstream to Kinshasa

Dieudo Hamadi
Screening time  
14.06. / Monday, 15:00 - 17:00 MM Centar Ticket
19.06. / Saturday, 15:00 - 17:00 Ticket
20.06. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Ticket

In June 2000, Kisangani became a battleground. In this north-eastern city on the Congo River, Rwandan and Ugandan forces clashed in a conflict that was part of the bloody Second Congo War. Though the conflict was devastating, 20 years later survivors are still fighting for compensation and recognition of the atrocities they endured in this siege. Hamadi’s focus isn’t on past geopolitics but rather on the present and very personal: a group of Kisanganians who were maimed by the heavy shelling and gunfire. Through musical theatre, the victims have reclaimed their voices. But having never had official acknowledgement or financial compensation for their pain, they decide to journey down the Congo River to the capital in a bid to finally make their stories heard. 


Dieudo Hamadi

Dieudo Hamadi was born in 1984 in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied medicine for three years before moving into filmmaking. He has since directed the documentary short Ladies in Waiting (2010), the documentary features Atalaku (2013) and National Diploma (2014). Downstream to Kinshasa (2020) is his latest film.

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En route pour le Milliard

France, Belgium, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
2020, 90'

Directed by:
Dieudo Hamadi

Screenplay by:
Dieudo Hamadi

Dieudo Hamadi

Edited by:
Hélène Ballis, Catherine Catella

Dieudo Hamadi, Sylvain Aketi

Quentin Laurent, Frédéric Féraud, Dieudo Hamadi

Produced by:
Kiripifilms, Les Films de l'Oeil Sauvage, Néon Rouge

Festivals & Awards:

Toronto International Film Festival 2020 – Amplify Voices Award Special mention
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights 2021 – Gilda Vieira de Mello Award   
IDFA 2020
DOK Leipzig 2020
Cleveland International Film Festival 2021
Seattle International Film Festival 2021
Seville European Film Festival 2020
Singapore International Film Festival 2020
International Film Festival of Ottawa 2020
Cascade Festival of African Films 2020


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