Congo in Harlem is an annual series of films, panel discussions, performances and special events about the DRC that aims to entertain, educate, and engage.
Congo in Harlem is a weeklong program of films and special events focused on the history, politics, and culture of the Democratic Republic Congo. The goal of the series is to deepen the global community’s understanding of DR Congo through art and dialogue. Each year, we strive to present a diverse program that encourages audiences to think critically and challenge their own assumptions about Africa. But we also want people to have an enjoyable experience! Congo in Harlem is more than just movies and discussions — it’s an opportunity to discover Congolese food, music, and artwork, learn about Congo’s challenges, and get involved in efforts for change in the Congo. Highlights from this year’s program include a spotlight on pioneering Congolese filmmaker Mweze Ngangura who will be in attendance, as well as a range of films from Congolese and international directors, live music and special guests.
Congo in Harlem is a volunteer-run, non-profit series produced by Maysles Cinema, True-Walker Productions, and Friends of the Congo. It is made possible by the generous support of Cultures of Resistance Network and V-DAY. Series Partners and Friends include: Elokomakasi, Mutaani FM, The New York African Film Festival, MFA Social Documentary Film program – School of Visual Arts, V-DAY – Harlem, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – NY Metro Branch, United Methodist Women (UMW), and Yole!Africa. Media partners include Applause Africa, Face2Face Africa, OkayAfrica and WBAI.
Screenings are open to the public at a suggested donation of $10. Box office opens 1 hour prior to show time and advance tickets are available through Brown Paper tickets. A special group discount is available for the purchase of 5 or more tickets to any one screening. Series passes for access to all events throughout the week are $50.
Seating is limited and available on a first come first served basis. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before event’s start time to secure a seat in the main screening room. Overflow seating with simulcast projection will be available for latecomers.