"One of the most ambitious pieces of political theatre ever staged" THE GUARDIAN
The Congo Tribunal
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“
RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE – RFI
"Perhaps this helps us more than the real proceedings.“
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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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