This is Congo

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THIS IS CONGO provides an immersive and unfiltered look into Africa's longest continuing conflict and those who are surviving within it. By following four compelling characters - a whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer and a displaced tailor - the film offers viewers a truly Congolese perspective on the problems that plague this lushly beautiful nation. Colonel 'Kasongo', Mamadou Ndala, Mama Romance and Hakiza Nyantaba exemplify the unique resilience of a people who have lived and died through the generations due to the cycle of brutality generated by this conflict. Though their paths never physically cross, the ongoing conflict reverberates across all of their lives.

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Metacritic

90
Jun 28, 2018

A documentary of stunning beauty and tragic violence.

David D'Arcy
Screen Daily
60
Jun 28, 2018

Both an unexciting and by-the-numbers history lesson and an inside-view, you-are-there look at an underreported armed conflict, the documentary This Is Congo is almost as full of contradictions as the nation it is trying to portray.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter
90
Jun 28, 2018

McCabe stands apart not just for the impressive technical virtuosity of his filmmaking or his unblinking focus on the tragedy of the Congo, but for his refusal to chalk it up to generalized Third World chaos. Things happen for a reason, this devoutly humane but studious documentary argues, and until those reasons are dealt with, they will continue.

Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International