The war in Congo has caused more than six million deaths over the last twenty years. The population is suffering, but the offenders stay with impunity. Many people see this conflict as one of globalisation’s crucial economic distribution battles because the country has major deposits of many high-tech raw materials. Milo Rau succeeds in gathering victims, perpetrators, observes and analysts of the conflict for a unique civil tribunal in eastern Congo. The documentary film brings these spectacular court trials to life on the big screen and creates an unvarnished portrait of the largest and bloodiest economic wars in human history.
Milo Rau is writer and director, and artistic director of NTGent theater in Belgium. He studied sociology, German and Romance languages and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich. Since 2002 he has published over 50 plays, films, books and actions for which he has received numerous awards. His theater productions have been shown at all major international festivals and have been touring in over 30 countries worldwide. Rau's films, including The New Gospel (2020), The Congo Tribunal (2017), Hate Radio (2014), The Moscow Trials (2013), The Last Days of the Ceausescus (2010) have been awarded many prizes including a Special Award at the Festival des Deutschen Films, the Zürcher Filmpreis or the Amnesty International Prize. In addition to his work as a director, Rau is also a critic, lecturer and prolific writer with 15 publications to date, which have been translated into English, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese and Norwegian, among others. Rau's literary work has been awarded some of the most prestigious German literary prizes.
Das Kongo Tribunal
Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist
Festivals & Awards:
German Film Awards 2018 – Nominee
Swiss Film Prize 2018 – Nominee
German Film Award 2018 – Nominee
DOK Leipzig 2017 – Honorary Mention
Locarno Film Festival 2017
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
Koudougou Doc 2019
I-Represent International Documentary Film Festival 2018
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