Director: Cecilia Zoppelletto Country: UK Year: 2015 Running time: 66 mins Colour: Colour Language: French with English subtitles
Imagine living without cinema? DRC’s capital Kinshasa is a city of 10 million people without a single cinema theatre. This intriguing documentary charts the disappearance over the past decade of the city’s entire film industry through interviews with filmmakers, cinema owners and government officials. The result is a powerful and poetic image of a city and a population nostalgic for the magic and social tissue that cinema once provided. At the same time, La Belle celebrates the Kinshasa cowboys who found their identity in the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s, and the vibrant commitment of many Kinshasans today to the memory and future of their cinema.
Followed by a Q&A with director Cecilia Zoppelletto.