Feature-length documentary This is Congo provides an immersive and unfiltered look into the world’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, Mama Romance and Hakiza 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.
COLONEL ‘KASONGO’ (ALIAS) –THE WHISTLEBLOWER
A three-time former rebel and present day National Army Colonel, his deep entrenchment in the Congolese military and politics affords him a unique perspective on his beloved country’s deterioration, one that often runs counter to the narratives of the same events.
COLONEL MAMADOU NDALA – THE SOLDIER
Mamadou, the soft-spoken, yet influential and fearless frontline Commander of the 42nd Special Commando Unit of the Congolese National Army, is tasked with defending the North Kivu provincial capital of Goma from the encroaching M23 rebels.
HAKIZA NYANTABA –THE TAILOR
A fifty-eight-year-old tailor, who arrives at a Displacement Camp with his weathered sewing machine in tow, the only means by which he has been able to provide for his family.
MAMA ROMANCE –THE MINERAL DEALER
Mama Romance is a mineral dealer who uses her disarmingly warm smile to navigate the black market with ease.