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Kinshasa Symphony

Original title: Kinshasa Symphony
German title: Kinshasa Symphony
Germany, 2010

Director: Wischmann, Claus & Baer, Martin
Production company: Sounding Images
Co-producers: WDR, RBB

Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Orff’s Carmina Burana in total darkness. A power cut has hit the Ngiri Ngiri district of Kinshasa, only a few bars before the last section of the work. Kinshasa’s power stations and main networks are insufficient to supply electricity to all the 8 million inhabitants of what is Africa’s third-largest city. Once again the lights have gone out in the “Salle des fêtes”, a kind of open garage where the orchestra practices. But for its members this is no reason to stop rehearsing. Most of them know their parts by heart. Small lapses of memory are compensated for by a talent for improvisation and the grace of God.


Berlin 2010, Nyon 2010 (Opening Film), Afrika Filmfestival Leuven 2010, OpenDoek Turnhout 2010, DOK.fest Munich 2010, Real Life Documentary Festival Ghana 2010, Ecrans Noire Yaoundé 2010, Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2010, Palm Springs 2011, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2011, Planete Doc Warsaw 2011, Seattle 2011, Buster Copenhagen 2012