music | culture | cities
/D 2010 | 95 min
"Kinshasa Symphony" shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities and one of the poorest countries 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. In the fifteen years of its existence, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste has survived two violent coups d'état and an ongoing war that has claimed the lives of several million people. For the 200 musicians, interpreting the music of Beethoven and Handel partly on self-made instruments, is self-confirmation, artistic expression and a religious service all in one.

Original titleKinshasa Symphony
Subtitledeutsch, englisch, französisch
CameraMartin Baer
DirectorClaus Wischmann und Martin Baer
EditorPeter Klum
ScreenplayClaus Wischmann
SoundPascal Capitolin
Festivals: 60. Berlinale / SPECIAL
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