CINEMA IN CONGO: FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO NOWADAYS
The eighth edition of FCAT will dedicate part of its program to the film production of Congo, an audiovisual heritage never before seen in Spain. This retrospective will cover the film history of this country in fourteen sessions divided into three sections: Colonial Cinema; Independent Congo, audiovisual production during Mobutu’s era; and Cinema and the relaxing of restrictions as regards the media.
The case of the audiovisual production in Congo is a particularly interesting one because it opens the door to a more general reflection concerning the freedom of film creation in Africa. The colonial governments’ policies and Mobutu’s were similar as regards the production of images; in both cases, they were placed at the service of the dominating ideology for the purpose of reaffirming a totalitarian power.
After Independence, Mobutu’s regime never established a real structure that would allow for the development of a solid film industry. Faced with restricted freedom and means, the few independent directors of the time shot their films outside the country. The lifting of restrictions in the nineties led to the current production dynamics, which are still limited to isolated experiences within the country. In these conditions, is it possible to speak of a ‘Congolese cinema’? Guido Convents, author of Images and Democracy, the Congolese versus Cinema and Audiovisuals, will be present at the round table at which this issue will be discussed, leading to a reflection on the production of images in Congo and in Africa in general, their meaning, importance and consequences.
PLACE: Galería Silos, Calle de los Silos, 19