The Congo Tribunal
The war in the Congo has caused over six million deaths throughout the last twenty years. The population is torn while the transgressors remain unpunished. Milo Rau, one of the most acclaimed theatre directors in Europe, has managed to unite the victims, perpetrators, observers and scholars of the conflict.
The Swiss director succeeds in holding a symbolic tribunal in eastern Congo with the participation of all parties involved in the conflict. Presided over by a half-Congolese and half-international panel of experts as well as the two lawyers of the International Criminal Court, the central lines of the conflict in the Congo War were examined in Bukavu, based on hearings with victims, witnesses, militia officers, politicians, UN and NGO members, commodity traders and local human rights activists.
The result is an artistic project in which fiction and reality become one, where cinema and theatre become tools for bearing a real and political impact on the present.
Investigator-in-charge Sylvestre Bisimwa Chairman of the tribunal Jean-Louis Gilissen Bukavu jury Vénantie Bisimwa Nabintu, Colette Braeckman, Gilbert Kalinda, Prince Kihangi, Séverin Mugangu, Jean Ziegler Berlin jury Colette Braeckman, Saran Kaba Jones, Wolfang Kaleck, Saskia Sassen, Marc-Antoine Vumilia Muhindo, Harald Welzer e altri Written and directed by Milo Rau Director of photography Thomas Schneider Dramaturgy, Editing Katja Dringenberg Research, Casting Eva-Maria Bertschy Sound Marco Teufen, Jens Baudisch Music Marcel Vaid Sound design, Mixing Guido Keller Creative producer Sebastian Lemke Producers Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist Production Fruitmarket, Langfilm Co-production IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder, SRF Schweizer Radio, Fernsehen – SRG SSR, ZDF In collaboration with ARTE Supported by Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK), Schweiz, BKM – Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kanton St.Gallen Kulturförderung – Swisslos, Zürcher Filmstiftung, DFFF – Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Migros-Kulturprozent, Volkart Stiftung