"One of the most ambitious pieces of political theatre ever staged"  THE GUARDIAN 

The Congo Tribunal

- Nomination for German Film Academy Award for Best Documentary Film 2018 - 


Cinema Documentary, Germany / Switzerland 2017, 100'

For more than 20 years an inexplicable Civil War is turning a territory as big as western Europe into hell on earth.Triggered by the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and based on the direct or indirect involvement of all great powers of our time, the Congo War, also called the "Third World War", has claimed up to six million lives. Many observers not only see in it a fight about political predominance in Central Africa, but also one of the most decisive economic battles for the share in the era of globalization. While the number of rebel armies involved may be intransparent - the more intransparent are the arms dealers operating in the supply lines, the role of foreign diplomats and humanitarian relief organizations, but also the entaglements of multinational mining companies. Will this - so far biggest and bloodiest - economic war of human history decide about the future order of the global community?

„The Congo Tribunal“ brought together the main protagonists and analysts of the Congo War in Bukavu – the provincial capital of South Kivu, the most affected area by the war – and one month later in Berlin for a large, three-day civil tribunal. It was created as a reaction to the passivity of the international community to the systematic attacks against the civil population in East Congo and was designed to counteract the decades of impunity in the region.

Milo Rau‘s „The Congo Tribunal“ examines the causes and background to this war in the Great Lakes region in a unique and stunningly political crossmedia art project. The result is a humanly harrowing, profound analytic tableau of the neo-colonial world order.


"A crazy project! Where politics fail, only art can help.“

"A new system of values is required - the Congo Tribunal is a first step in this direction.“ “

"A public space for a change of awareness.“

"The most insane art project of our time“

"Perhaps this helps us more than the real proceedings.“ “


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Festivals & Awards:

- 41e Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez

 - Festival d'Avignon

- Sheffield Doc/Fest

- DocsBarcelona - International Documentary Film Festival

- Nomination for German Film Academy Award for Best Documentary Film 2018

- Nomination for Swiss Film Award 2018 for Best Documentary Film and Best Film Score

- CPH: DOX 2018

- HUMAN VISION film festival

- LOLA at Berlinale

- IFFR- 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam

- Zurich Film Prize 2017 

- 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam

- Solothurner Filmtage

- This human world- Filmfestival 2017

- International Film Premiere & Honourable Mention @ DOK Leipzig 2017 - International Competition

- World Premiere at the  „Semaine de la Critique“ in Locarno

The Cinema Documentary THE CONGO TRIBUNAL is a Fruitmarket and Langfilm production / In Co-production with IIPM - International Institute of Political Murder / SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen - SRG SSR / ZDF in cooperation with ARTE

Written & directed by Milo Rau

Producers - Arne Birkenstock & Olivier Zobrist

Creative Producer – Sebastian Lemke

DoP– Thomas Schneider

Sound – Marco Teufen

Editor – Katja Dringenberg

Research & Casting – Eva-Maria Bertschy

Stage Design – Anton Lukas

Music – Marcel Vaid

Assistant Director – Mirjam Knapp

Junior Producer – Merle Rueffer

Line Production – Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Eva-Karen Tittmann, Kirsten Schauries

Funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW / Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK), Schweiz / BKM - Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien / Kanton St.Gallen Kulturförderung - Swisslos/ Zürcher Filmstiftung / DFFF - Deutscher Filmförderfonds / Migros-Kulturprozent / Volkart Stiftung

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