AFF – SUMMER PROGRAMS : Kinshasa Symphony
at 7:30 pm



Wednesday, August 8th – 7:30 pm
LOCATION The Plaza: St. Nicholas Ave. and 135th St.
(Rain Venue: Harlem School of the Arts)

Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, DRC/Germany, 2010, 95 min

Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Congo, as they prepare for their first outdoor performance in the Kinshasa neighborhood of Ngiri-Ngiri. A fascinating look at the lone Congolese symphony orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, which has persevered through war and other crises. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa, and the power of music.

Pre-screening performance by Isaac Katalay and Congolese Drum and Dance Group

For over twenty years, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management but by a comprehensive approach to the advocacy of African film and culture. AFF established the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) in 1993 with Film Society of Lincoln Center. The New York African Film Festival is presented annually at the Walter Reade Theater by African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center, in association with Brooklyn Academy of Music. AFF also produces a series of local, national, and international programs throughout the year.

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