Tonight at 19.00 hrs at Louis Hartlooper Complex, Utrecht, at 19.30 hrs at Lumière, Maastricht and at 20.00 hrs at Scheltema, Leiden the musical film with documentary-like features Kinshasa Kids. In the hustle and bustle of the Congolese capital some 30,000 children live on the street because their parents accuse them of witchcraft. Some of them decide to ward off their bad luck by forming the band The Devil does not Exist. The eccentric impresario Bebson helps them ‘to rock Kinshasa!’. Without giving in to sentimentality, Kinshasa Kids is a tribute to the resilience and highspirited nature of the young protagonists, all of whom are amateur actors that Belgian director Marc-Henri Wajnberg recruited in the streets of Kinshasa.
Please note that the film has English subtitles in Leiden and Dutch subtitles in Utrecht and Maastricht.
In Utrecht there will be an aftertalk with Peter Geschiere, professor of anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.
After the screening in Maastricht there will be a Q&A with director Marc-Henri Wajnberg.
In Leiden the Congolese cultural/religious anthropologist Julie Ndaya will be present for an aftertalk.
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