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Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:35 PM Subject: Reply on texts/film about Congo DRC You might consider using one of the novels by V.Y. Mudimbe. Before the Birth of the Moon (translation of Le Bel Immonde) The Rift (translastion of L'Ecart Shaba deux (I don't know if a translation is out) But my favorite is Between Tides (Entre les eaux), that I used several times in class. Perhaps I favor it because I lived through that rebellion in the Kwilu, and found the scenes of the novel so very real and the issues so penetrating. I'm not sure what you plan to cover, but among films on Congo since independence are LUMUMBA (2000) that is quite accurate on most of the details involving his tragic life. The documentary on MOBUTU, KING OF ZAIRE (l999, First Run/Icarus Films), mixes interviews and clips of newsreels to good effect. THE CONGO (Julian Bond, Eliot Elisofon, sort of travelogue and look at Congolese culture, rather old and exotically-oriented), LUMUMBA: LA MORT D'UN PROPHETE (l99l, documentary on his life), ZAIRE: THE CYCLE OF THE SERPENT (l992, Icarus Films, situation in Kinshasa around l992), PIECES D'IDENTITE (l998, a Congolese director/Producer on Congolese in Belgium. Involves Bakongo. Obtainable as some others here from California Newsreel). THE LAST COLONIALS (l995, Icarus Films, on a few foreigners who stayed on in Kinshasa, Kisangani, and Shaba/Katanga after independence), LE DAMIER (Black and White, filmed in Gabon is a satire on Mobutu), DARK OF THE SUN (Hollywood, l993, filmed in Congo. On mercenaries in the "rebellions" of the 60s, with typical Hollywood cliches), LA VIE EST BELLE (l987, popular life in Kinshasa--Congolese musician hero Papa Wemba. Congolese Director), WHEN WE WERE KINGS (Spike Lee film on the Ali-Foreman boxing match in Kinshasa, where it does have some scenes),. Robert E. Smith retired, Claremont, CA --