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Kinshasa Symphony (2010)

The Film "Kinshasa Symphony" 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:... See full summary »

Directors:

Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer (co-director)

Writers:

Claus Wischmann (screenplay), Petra Schmitz (idea)
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Joseph Masunda Lutete Joseph Masunda Lutete ... Self
Albert Nlanzu Matubanza Albert Nlanzu Matubanza ... Self
Nathalie Angwanguilo Bahati Nathalie Angwanguilo Bahati ... Self
Armand Wabasolele Diangienda Armand Wabasolele Diangienda ... Self
Trésor Sikabaka Wamba Trésor Sikabaka Wamba ... Self
Mirelle Mambueni Kinkina Mirelle Mambueni Kinkina ... Self
Hértier Mayimbi Mbuangi Hértier Mayimbi Mbuangi ... Self
Papy Tamba Nkituzeyi Papy Tamba Nkituzeyi ... Self
Joséphine Mpongo Nsimba Joséphine Mpongo Nsimba ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Félix Lusonga Aluma Félix Lusonga Aluma ... Self
Jhonny Nsiampa Balongi Jhonny Nsiampa Balongi ... Self
Franck Lokombe Bambale Franck Lokombe Bambale ... Self
Jacques Nansala Banzangadio Jacques Nansala Banzangadio ... Self
Charlène Buetuvuidi Bayandila Charlène Buetuvuidi Bayandila ... Self
Dina Carime Bilolo Dina Carime Bilolo ... Self
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Storyline

The Film "Kinshasa Symphony" 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 about music. Written by Anonymous

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congo | See All (1) »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Soundtracks

Ombra mai fù
from "Xerxes"
Music by George Frideric Handel
Performed by Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste
Conducted by Armand Wabasolele Diangienda (as Armand Diangienda)
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Great Film

This is a great film, well worth watching. The question worth asking is why are we here and what do we mean? Having struggled to support artistic endeavors in my own community, I was oddly encouraged by the heroic struggle of these people. Watching them build their own instruments, fight for the lives of their children and practice was a profound lesson in what it is to be human. This would be a great film for schools, group discussions and any art film series. We waste so much. We could be so much better.

This film takes us into the complex lives of these people, some of whom live in horrific conditions. We say art and music matter, but these people pay it's full cost in a world where many of them are granted little respect.

In the end the music isn't even the point. For years my wife has insisted the practice and preparation is the real art. Its the struggle to reclaim something from necessity. I learned things about the cost of eggs in Africa, transit and renting a place to live that I would never have even considering needing to know about.

This is a story I consider myself lucky to know. I saw this at our local film society and everyone there got a lot out of it.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

French | Lingala

Release Date:

23 September 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

I Symfoniki tis Kinshasa See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,774
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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