DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Congo Tribunal

The Congo Tribunal

For more than 20 years, the tortuous civil war in Congo has transformed an area the size of Western Europe into hell on earth. This permanent conflict, also called World War Three because of the direct or indirect involvement of all superpowers, has killed about six million people so far. Director Milo Rau managed, for the first time in the history of this war and in the middle of the combat zone, to hold a symbolic tribunal involving many of the participating parties. His recordings from remote villages and nearly inaccessible mining areas and his factual and focused observation of the trial in a courthouse built specifically for the shooting paint a complex portrait of this exemplary economic war. This documentary examination of a global conflict is not about winning or losing but about the question of what we are willing to pay for the wealth of the First World.

Ralph Eue

Honorary Mention in the International Competition;
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring Prize

Original Title: Das Kongo Tribunal
Country: Switzerland, Germany
Year: 2017
Language: English, French, German, Swahili
Subtitle: English, German
Runtime: 100 min.
Format: .mp4
Color: Colour
Director: Milo Rau
Producer: Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist, Sebastian Lemke
Cinematographer: Thomas Schneider
Editor: Katja Dringenberg
Music: Marcel Vaid
Sound: Marco Teufen, Jens Baudisch
Script: Milo Rau

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