The Congo Tribunal by Milo Rau
|This screening is co-organised by Goethe-Institut Hongkong and Hong Kong Arts Centre and is an extension activity of HKIBBF.|
Filmed on-location in eastern Congo and in Berlin, the harrowing theatre and film project The Congo Tribunal offers a profound analytic tableau of the causes and background of one of the biggest and bloodiest economic wars in the history of mankind – the war affecting the Great Lakes region of Central Africa for the past 20 years.
Triggered by the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the conflict known as Africa’s first world war has claimed up to six million lives. Many observers not only see it as a fight for political predominance in Central Africa, but also one of the most decisive economic battles in the era of globalisation. No longer fuelled by ethnic differences, the war continues as a struggle over global interests and natural resources.
For The Congo Tribunal, Milo Rau gathered victims, perpetrators, witnesses and analysts of the conflict for a unique civil tribunal – creating an unveiled portrait described by The Guardian as “one of the most ambitious pieces of political theater” ever produced.
|Venue||Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema
(2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
|Language||French, English, German, Swahili and Lingala with English surtitles|
|Tickets now available at URBTIX|
Milo Rau is a Swiss theatre and film director, journalist, essayist and lecturer. Rau studied sociology, German and Romance studies in Paris, Zurich and Berlin under Tzvetan Todorov and Pierre Bourdieu, among others. In 2007, Rau founded the theatre and film production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), which quickly attained international acclaim for its unique, dense documentary form of political theatre and special focus on multimedia adaptations of historical or social conflicts. Five Easy Pieces was created in response to a request from the Belgian arts centre CAMPO, and marks Rau’s first time working with children on stage. The production has toured internationally to much critical acclaim.
His IIPM productions, campaigns and films (Montana, The Last Days of the Ceausescus, Hate Radio, City of Change, The Moscow Trials, The Zurich Trials, The Civil Wars, The Dark Ages) have been invited to major national and international festivals, including the Festival d’Avignon, the Berliner Theatertreffen, and the Kunstenfestival Brussels. The Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique recently named Rau one of Europe’s “most sought-after directors”. The German weekly Der Freitag described him as “the most controversial theatre director of his generation”. As well as receiving the first Swiss Theatre Award (2014) and the prestigious Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden (for Hate Radio), Rau was awarded the Jury Prize at the Festival Politik im Freien Theater (for The Civil Wars), and the Special Prize at the German Film Festival (for The Moscow Trials).
The film is a German-Swiss coproduction of Fruitmarket Arts and Media and Langfilm, in cooperation with IIPM and Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRF & Radio Télévision Suisse RTS, Lemafrika Culture et Développement and Kwetu Film Institute, funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Bundesamt für Kultur Schweiz, Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kulturförderung Kanton St. Gallen / Swisslos, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Filmförderungsanstalt, Deutscher Filmförderfonds and Volkart Stiftung.