CINE-ONU: “Kinshasa Symphony”, Thursday, 20 January 2011

Kinshasa Symphony posterThe United Nations in partnership with the Goethe Institute invites you to the screening of KINSHASA SYMPHONY. Thursday, 20 January 2011, 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut Brüssel, Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 58, 1040 Brussels.

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the third-largest city in Africa. Almost ten million people live here and they number among the poorest inhabitants on this planet. Kinshasa is the home of Central Africa’s one and only symphony orchestra. The award winning documentary "Kinshasa Symphony", directed by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra.

It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and the music they perform: Handel, Verdi, Beethoven. It tells the story of bread salesgirl Chantal, of electrician Joseph and others, of their daily lives in Kinshasa and their passion for music.

The film will be followed by a Q & A session with Claus Wischmann (Director "Kinshasa Symphony").

NB: The film is in French and Lingala with English subtitles and the debate will be held in English. The film has a runtime of 95 minutes.

There is no entrance fee, but as places are limited, we kindly ask you to register in advance by sending an e-mail with the subject CINE-ONU to:  [email protected].  NO registration e-mails will be accepted after Wednesday, 19 January, 5:30pm.

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