Kinshasa Symphony

Kinshasa Symphony

Director: Martin Baer, Claus Wischmann Cast: Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste

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Kinshasa Symphony

Kinshasa is the capitol city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It's one of the largest cities on the African continent, and also one of the poorest; it's home to nearly ten million people, and a place where poverty, overcrowding and shortages of nearly everything are facts of daily life. However, despite all this Kinshasa is also home to a symphony orchestra, the only one in Central Africa; most evenings, conductor Armand Diangienda gets together with his ensemble of nearly two hundred musicians and they rehearse the works of Beethoven, Verdi, Dvorak and other staples of the symphonic canon. Diangienda's musicians rarely have formal training, many have to make do with damaged or makeshift instruments and overall the group has more dedication than practical experience. But the love of music has brought them together, and the members of the symphony are determined to be ready for a special concert to commemorate Independence Day in the Congo. Filmmakers Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer offer an insightful look at life in the Congo and how Diangienda and his compatriots have come together to make music in the documentary Kinshasa Symphony; the film was an official selection at the 2010 Berlin international Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2011
UPC: 0814337010904
Original Release: 2010
Source: C Major
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 70,359

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Kinshasa Symphony 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This truly remarkable documentary about the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s sole symphony orchestra powerfully depicts the collective challenges facing the 16-year-old organization of amateur, mostly self-taught musicians, including: internal and external wars, widespread sexual violence, poverty, disease and famine. The filmmakers balance this overall perspective with a sharp focus on a half-dozen individual musicians whose dedicated efforts to sustain and improve their artistry while struggling to make a living are representative of all 200 members. What the film does best, however, is capture the pure, transforming joy of creating music, no matter the circumstances or setting. To their credit, the filmmakers never preach or try to manipulate the viewer’s emotions; they simply let the strength and resilience and ambition of the musicians speak for itself. Their collective story is heartbreaking, eye-opening, surreal, often funny and profoundly uplifting.