THE CONGO TRIBUNAL@DRC: „A MODEL FOR THE COUNTRY“

 

MILO RAU AND TEAM SCREEN „THE CONGO TRIBUNAL“ FOR PARTICIPANTS, WITNESSES, EXPERTS AND AFFECTED CITIZENS IN THE DR CONGO

During a seven day visit, director Milo Rau and his team toured around the Democratic Republic of Congo for previews of his film „The Congo Tribunal“. The five screenings were packed and several experts praised the project as a „model“ for real tribunals in order to end impunity and start a process of reconciliation in the country, which is troubled by twenty years of civil war leaving 6 million people dead. 

 

„Packed screenings, followed by long and emotional discussions: Previews of„The Congo Tribunal“ in the DRC (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Arne Birkenstock)

„Packed screenings, followed by long and emotional discussions: Previews of„The Congo Tribunal“ in the DRC (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Arne Birkenstock)

The discussions after the screenings seemed to be an outlet for the audience to express their problems, worries and sacrifices during the last years. The audience also expressed their hope that the artistic project by Milo Rau will have a judicial follow up in form of “real” tribunals in the country. Maitre Sylvestre Bisimwa, the Congolese lawyer who performed as a prosecutor in the “Congo Tribunal”, proposed exactly that and asked the filmmakers to provide him with a Swahili version of the film as soon as possible in order to organize local screenings and discussion as a preparation for local tribunals.

 

Belgian journalist Colette Braeckman, lawyer Maitre Bisimwa, director Milo Rau and the producers Arne Birkenstock and Olivier Zobrist during a press conference in Bukavu. (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Patricia Corniciuc)

Belgian journalist Colette Braeckman, lawyer Maitre Bisimwa, director Milo Rau and the producers Arne Birkenstock and Olivier Zobrist during a press conference in Bukavu. (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Patricia Corniciuc)

Director Milo Rau was deeply touched by these reactions to his film: “I was a bit afraid to show the film to its protagonists, since a 100minute version of a tribunal which lasted for several days always means a harsh reduction of events. I am relieved that people here reacted  thoroughly positive and I find it wonderful that Sylvestre Bisimwa wants to use it as a model for the upcoming path to reconciliation, truth and justice in his troubled country”. Fruitmarket CEO and producer Arne Birkenstock added that he wants to provide the country with Swahili-versions of the film as soon as possible. Birkenstock, being a documentary director himself, added: “It is a rare thing that documentary filmmakers not only manage to describe reality but also to change it to the better. We will do our best to support Mr. Bisimwa in his effort to put up real tribunals throughout the country.” 

 

Director Milo Rau was deeply moved by the strong and positive reactions to his film. (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Arne Birkenstock)

Director Milo Rau was deeply moved by the strong and positive reactions to his film. (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Arne Birkenstock)

The tour started with a preview in front of 1500 people in the place, where the Congo Tribunal took place in 2015: The screening at Collège Alfajiri in Goma was attended by Deputy Governor of the province of Kivu Sud, Gabriel Kalonda, the presidential candidate of the oppositional UDP, Vital Kamerhe and other experts and representatives of the region. For another screening in the village of Mushinga, hundreds of peasants and artisanal miners, who are directly affected by the close by concession of the Canadian mining company BANRO and the consequential expulsions and conflicts, attended the screening.

 

Milo Rau waiting for the screening in front of peasants and artisanal miners in the village of Mushinga. (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Arne Birkenstock)

Milo Rau waiting for the screening in front of peasants and artisanal miners in the village of Mushinga. (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Arne Birkenstock)

After a third screening in the rebel town Walungu, the team returned to Bukavu where they were invited to screen the film in the world famous Panzi Hospital of Dr. Denis Mukwege. Due to the huge interest the screening raised, it had to be moved to a nearby church, where 3000 people attended the preview. In the discussion after the screening, Mr. Mukwege praised the film as a “important and priceless contribution to our country”. During a last screening in Goma, Daniel Ruiz, Chef de Mission of the UN in the region, stated that the outcome of the film overcame his highest expectations and encouraged Bisimwas idea, to establish “real” tribunals on a local level throughout the country.

 

Famous Dr. Denis Mukwege praises “The Congo Tribunal” in the discussion with Director Milo Rau, presidential candidate Vital Kamerhe and the Belgian journalist and expert on the congo, Colette Braeckman. (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Arne Birkenstock)

Famous Dr. Denis Mukwege praises “The Congo Tribunal” in the discussion with Director Milo Rau, presidential candidate Vital Kamerhe and the Belgian journalist and expert on the congo, Colette Braeckman. (@2017 The Congo Tribunal / Arne Birkenstock)

“The Congo Tribunal” will have its world premiere at the Semaine de la Critique at the Locarno Festival and is invited to several other festivals throughout the world, before its theatrical release in Germany and Switzerland in November. With the film, a huge transmedia site will be released, which contains the graphic novel game “witness J”, an abundant archive (“the Congo files”) and a virtual reality installation.

 

Sneak peak in Eastern Congo

Once again, Milo Rau, Arne Birkenstock and his team are off to the Congo. This time to give participants of the documentary "The Congo Tribunal"a first sneak peak. 


In 2015 the team spend several weeks in the Congo on a lengthy local research with the camera, going after the question why have more than 6 Million people been killed in the Congo … almost unnoticed and no one has been held accountable for it? A fact that incited the Swiss theatre director Milo Rau to stage a tribunal and to shoot a documentary. For the first time witnesses, victims as well as politicians get to see the documentary … we will show their reactions here in the next days. 

 

MAMACITA selected for DOK.Incubator 2017

Among 7 other projects, DOK.Incubator has selected MAMACITA by José Pablo Torrescano for this years workshop. Experts from europe and the US will participate as mentors and focus on dramaturgy, distribution and marketing. 

Since the foundation of DOK.Incubator, various projects of the workshop have been placed at relevant festivals such as Sundance, IDFA or HOT DOCS.

The FIlm is a Fruitmarket Arts & Media production in Co-Production with Taskovski Film. 

For more information about this years workshop visit: 

http://dokincubator.net/selected-projects-2017/

Congolese artist Yves Kolundwa in Cologne for our transmedia-project "The Congo Tribunal"

The Congolese artist and political illustrator Yves Kolundwa came to Cologne to work on our transmedia-project "The Congo Tribunal". 

The Project consists of cinema documentary, an interactive web format with an accompanying VR-experience, a book, a journal and a panel tour with experts through Germany, Switzerland and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in autumn next year.

Together with us and the independent digital studio MONOKEL, Yves Kulondwa worked out the concept art for the digital narration.

For further information visit:

www.the-congo-tribunal.com  and  www.monokel.de

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praktikum: Recherche und Konzeption von Kino-Dokumentarfilmen

Wir suchen ab sofort eine Praktikantin oder einen Praktikanten für den Bereich Dokumentarfilmregie und -Konzeption bei Arne Birkenstock und der Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH!

 

Praktikumsbeginn: ab sofort, ab 1.10. oder 1.11..2016
Praktikumszeitraum: mindestens 3 Monate
Firma: Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH
Ansprechpartner: Arne Birkenstock (Autor, Regisseur, Produzent)
Standort: Maastrichter Straße 45, 50672 Köln, Deutschland
Bewerbungsschluss: 30.9.16

 

Für die Mitarbeit bei der Recherche, Konzeption und Vorbereitung unserer Filme suchen wir einen ideenreichen, selbstständigen Praktikanten. Das Praktikum dauert mindestens drei Monate. Auf Wunsch kann das Praktikum in Teilzeit (2-3 Tage pro Woche) abgeleistet werden.

Die Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH ist eine kleine Produktionsfirma und produziert seit 10 Jahren Dokumentarfilme vor allem für das Kino. Unsere Produktionen wie „12 TANGOS“, "CHANDANI UND IHR ELEFANT", „SOUND OF HEIMAT“ und „BELTRACCHI – DIE KUNST DER FÄLSCHUNG“ liefen erfolgreich im Kino und wurden vielfach ausgezeichnet (zwei davon mit dem „Deutschen Filmpreis“). Zur Zeit befinden wir uns in der Entwicklung, Finanzierung, Produktion und Postproduktion verschiedener Kinostoffe mit den Regisseuren Arne Birkenstock, Yasemin & Nesrin Samdereli, Milo Rau, Uli Gaulke und anderen.

Wir suchen eine Person mit etwas Lebenserfahrung (z.B. erste Studien- oder Berufserfahrungen), pfiffigen Ideen und Spaß am Dokumentarfilm für eine anspruchsvolle Mitarbeit an anspruchsvollen Filmen. Die Fähigkeit selbständig mitzuarbeiten ist in unserer kleinen Firma unbedingt notwendig, genauso wie ein gewisses Talent zur Recherche. Führerschein und Fremdsprachen-kenntnisse sind außerdem hilfreich, noch wichtiger ist die Gabe, vernünftige und gut lesbare Texte in deutscher Sprache zu formulieren. Spezielle Erfahrungen im Filmbereich sind hilfreich, aber keine zwingende Voraussetzung - dazu dient ja das Praktikum.

Ort des Praktikums ist Köln.

 Wir bitten um eine aussagekräftige Bewerbung mit Anschreiben und Lebenslauf bis spätestens zum 30.9.2016 per Mail oder Post an die

 Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH

z.Hd. Arne Birkenstock

Maastrichter Strasse 45,

50672 Köln

Mail: office@fruitmarket.de

Successful North American release of "Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery" & Upcoming screenings all over the US

Our Documentary „BELTRACCHI – THE ART OF FORGERY“ has been very successfully released in the US with full runs at the FilmForum, New York and the Laemmle Music Hall, Los Angeles. The film received a great audience response and lots of good reviews in The Village Voice, The L.A. Times, Slant Magazine, The New York Post and many more. On rottentomatoes.com Beltracchi got a solid 78%. After its east- and westcoats premieres the film will now move on to further cities in the US and Canada.

 

SCREENING DATES

 

AUGUST

19th until 31st: NEW YORK, NEW YORK,  Film Forum

21st until 27th: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, Laemmle Music Hall

 

SEPTEMBER

1st: NEW YORK, NEW YORK,  Film Forum

4th until 8th: COLUMBUS, OHIO, Gateway Film Center

4th: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, The Screen

4th: PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA, Cinémas Palme d'Or 

11th: TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, Tallahassee Film Society

18th: DETROIT, MICHIGAN, Cinema Detroit

18th until 20th: PORTLAND, MAINE, Portland Museum of Art

25th: MONTREAL, QUEBEC, Cinema Du Parc

 

OCTOBER

9th until 15th: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, Facets

28th: CLEVELAND, OHIO, Cleveland Museum of Art

30th: CLEVELAND, OHIO, Cleveland Museum of Art

 

DECEMBER

DVD-Release for US and Canada of „Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery“ by Kimstim

 

MARCH 2016

13th: PALM SPRINGS, FLORIDA, The society of the four arts

 

To be announced:

PORTLAND, OREGON, Portland Museum of Art

 

In december the film will have its north american release on DVD

and next year will also be available via NETFLIX.

BELTRACCHI @ BIG APPLE

 

Today "Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery" premieres at the Film Forum in New York City. Filmmaker Arne Birkenstock will attend the screenings during three In-Person Events:

Arne Birkenstock with art critic & author Blake Gopnik
Wednesday, August 19, 7:15 pm show

Arne Birkenstock
Thursday, August 20, 7:15 pm show

Arne Birkenstock with art historian & appraiser Dr. Sabine Wilson
Friday, August 21, 7:15 show

 

Check out some US reviews from:

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, L.A. WEEKLYTHE VILLAGE VOICE, SLANT MAGAZINE, DEUTSCHE WELLE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES  and THE NEW YORK POST.

„BELTRACCHI – THE ART OF FORGERY“ STARTS IN US CINEMAS THIS MONTH

Our production „BELTRACCHI – THE ART OF FORGERY“ (directed by Arne Birkenstock) has its theatrical relase in the US this august. The documentary, which has received the German Film Award „LOLA“ last year, will run at New York Film Forum from august 19th until september 1st at 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:15 and 9:30 every day. In Los Angeles the film starts at Laemmle Theatres on august 21st and will be screened daily at 12:00, 2:20, 7:40 & 10:00. Other cities and theatres will follow.

For the opening night on august 19th at New York Film Forum, the well known art critic and author Blake Gopnik will discuss with Arne Birkenstock after the screening. Director Birkenstock will be present for Q&As in New York on august 20th and 21st and in Los Angeles on august 22nd, 23rd and 24th, alsway for the screenings at 7:40.

60 Minutes called Wolfgang Beltracchi a “con man of epic proportions” and dubbed him and his wife Helene, “the Bonnie and Clyde of the art world.” For nearly 40 years the charming and effervescent Beltracchi produced hundreds of meticulous works of art, forgeries of early and mid-20th century artists, using old canvases and distressed frames scoured from flea markets and paints whose pigments he ground himself. Amazingly, he didn’t reproduce known paintings, but, working in an artist’s style, would create entirely new “masterpieces.” A large Max Ernst that took him three days to produce could sell for $5 million. Beltracchi was put on trial in 2011, but readily admits that the handful of forgeries he was held accountable for are just the tip of the iceberg. Many others sit in some of the world’s greatest art museums and private collections. This documentary captures his unique personality: a bizarre mix of candor and cunning, insouciance and joie de vivre.

The film is brought to the US by KimStim.

"The Congo Tribunal" – Press – The Berlin Hearings

 

THE MOST AMBITIOUS POLITICAL THEATRE EVER STAGED?

"Mixing a court of law with the theatrics of the stage, a landmark project investigates the 20-year DRC conflict, hearing from real victims, politicians and big business alike." 

THE GUARDIAN, 01.07.2015

 

DAS THEATER GEHT AN DIE FRONT

"Wo Politik versagt, hilft nur die Kunst: Der Regisseur Milo Rau bringt den unfassbar grausamen Krieg, der im Kongo tobt, auf die Bühne."

ZEIT, 01.07.2015

 

WENN THEATER GRENZEN ÜBERSCHREITET

"Öffentlicher Raum der Bewusstseinsveränderung."

NZZ, 01.07.2015

 

DIE KARTEN NEU VERTEILEN

"Milo Rau inszeniert sein „Kongo Tribunal“ in den Berliner Sophiensaelen – nun geht es vorrangig um die Verantwortung der multinationalen Unternehmen, Weltbank, EU und NGOs an den Kriegen im zentralafrikanischen Land."

TAZ, 30.06.2015

 

IMMERHIN EIN THEATERGERICHT

"Was kann Theater leisten angesichts von sechs Millionen Toten?"

TAGESANZEIGER, 01.07.2015

 

WENN DIE KUNST DIE JUSTIZ ERSETZT

Das ZDF hat Milo Rau bei der Erarbeitung des "Kongo-Tribunals" in Bukavu und Berlin begleitet - inkl. erstmalig ausgestrahltem Material aus dem Dreharbeiten im Kongo und den Bukavu Hearings.

ZDF ASPEKTE, 03.07.2015

 

DAS IST EIN ANFANG

"Mehrfach wird herausgestrichen, dass dieses von dem Schweizer Regisseur Milo Rau einberufene Tribunal zwar als Theater auftrete, aber als Anfang für den Weg zu echter Gerechtigkeit gelten könne."

FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU, 29.06.2015

 

JUSTIZTHEATER ZWISCHEN WERTE- UND GEFÜHLSSTANDARTS

"Gefordert ist ein neues Wertesystem. Das Kongo-Tribunal ist ein erster Schritt in diese Richtung."

SWR 2, 29.06.2015

 

DAS KONGO TRIBUNAL IN DEN SOPHIENSAELEN

"Ein Akt der Aufklärung im besten Sinne!"

RBB INFORADIO, 28.06.2015

 

"The Congo Tribunal" - The Berlin Hearings 26 - 28 June 2015

The Berlin Hearings have been formally opened today, on the 26th of June 2015 at the Sophiensaele, Berlin. In the second part of the Congo Tribunal Hearings the perspectives developed in Bukavu, that specifically addressed the region and its economical and political players, will be continued on a global level. International accomplices will be accused on different institutional levels: the multinational companies, the EU, its member states and Switzerland, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the NGOs and the UN.

 

Follow The Berlin Hearings via the LIVE TICKER by clerk Kathrin Röggla.