Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo features prominently in the first feature film to be made in the Democratic Republic of Congo in more than 25 years. The film is called Viva Riva! written and directed by Djo Munga.

via TheWorld.


Viva Riva! had a limited run in theaters this past summer, however it is now available on DVD and instant-streaming on Netflix.  Viva Riva is definitely one of the best independent movies of 2011.  Director and writer Djo Munga beautifully captures all the nuances of  third world life in Kinshasa, the chaos, the ugliness, the love, the desperation, it is all present in this film.  See brief synopsis below:


Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo with a major score: a fortune in hijacked petrol. With wads of cash and all out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by the beautiful nightclub siren Nora (Mannie Malone), the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes Riva’s Angolan crime lord ex-boss relentlessly seeking the return of a certain stolen shipment of gasoline. Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s Kinshasa is a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs and Riva is its perfect embodiment.


Viva Riva!: Official Film Website

Djo Munga at SXSW:

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