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Available on DVD

Subtitles:E, F, G, Sp, Portuguese, Korean, Russian
No. of Discs:1
Run time:105 minutes
Disc Format:DVD9
Picture: NTSC, 16:9
Audio: PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1
Bonus Material:behind the scenes
Subtitles Bonus:E
Region Code:0 (worldwide)
Price Code:CME11
Item No.:708308
UPC No.:814337010836
Release Date:October 2011

Documentary Print available on DVD

Kinshasa Symphony

Kinshasa Symphony
No.: 708308
Conductor: Armand Diangienda
Artists: Armand Diangienda
Year: 2011-10
Run time: 01:45:00

Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth – “Freude schöner Götterfunken“. A power cut strikes just a few bars before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Congo. In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two putsches, various crises
and a war. But concentration on the music and hopes for a better future keeps them going. Kinshasa Symphony is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour: a symphony orchestra. The film is about the Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music. “A superb and affecting documentary about some highly unusual musicians, the staggering challenges they face in their everyday lives, the amazing city they live in and the power of Beethoven‘s Ninth.” DIE ZEIT
“Beautifully photographed and sonically stellar.“ Variety
“Kinshasa Symphony is a stand-out title.“ The Mercury
“It’s to Baer and Wischmann’s credit that it is a very measured and often funny and lyrical film.“ Die Zeit
“For me, the strongest impression at the Berlinale was KINSHASA SYM PHONY, no doubt about it.” ACADEMY AWARD WINNER VOLKER SCHLOENDORFF