Screening Room: This is Congo
For the past two decades, The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been one of the most conflict-affected countries in the world. Though the wars in the DRC came to a formal end in 2006, the country continued to suffer at the hands of an array of armed groups. Complex, overlapping cycles of conflict and violence have caused an unending series of appalling humanitarian crises, with their epicentre in the east of the country.
This is Congo provides an immersive and unfiltered look into this enduring conflict and the reality of life for those surviving within it. It shows first-hand the violence that played out between the Congolese national army and M23 rebel forces during their 2012 rebellion in the Eastern Kivu region.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion, placing some of the themes raised by the documentary into a wider conversation around the ongoing situation in the DRC. Though the M23 was defeated, violence continues in the country. What has been the impact of President Kabila’s refusal to step down from power in 2016? What options are available for the nation and its neighbours to try to bring about an end to the conflict? And what role is there for the international community to help foster this change?
Running time: 93 minutes