The Congo Tribunal

Milo Rau

Germany, Switzerland 2017, 100 min.


Spoken language: French, English, German, Swahili

Subtitles: English

Swiss theatre director Milo Rau stages a fictitious court to search for truth and justice in the deadly conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Involving actual protagonists, it becomes clear that the country is trapped in a complex web of exploitation, corruption and violence that is very hard to escape.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been at an almost constant civil war since 1996, causing millions of deaths and many more refugees. At the centre of the conflict are the country’s vast mineral supplies, such as gold, diamonds and coltan – used in our mobile phones. In The Congo Tribunal, Swiss theatre director Milo Rau works with the people of the DRC who were involved in the conflict to analyse its causes.

In this special project, Rau sets up a fictitious tribunal on a public stage in the city of Bukavu. Two judges from the International Criminal Court in The Hague preside over the court, which hears many of the people involved. We hear from people who were robbed of their land by mining companies, from experts and from government ministers. But when responsibility is carried by so many players – from the transnational mining companies to corrupt government officials, violent militias and passive UN peacekeeping troops – can justice really be done?


The Congo Tribunal has been selected for the Camera Justitia competition.

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Talkshows & debates

The Congo Tribunal:: Q&A with Lara Staal

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 16:15

With curator Lara Staal we speak about the work of Milo Rau and the impact of The Congo Tribunal.

The Congo Tribunal: introduction by Linda Polman

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 21:15

For the making of the Congo Tribunal director Milo Rau organized two interrogations: one in Congo and one in Berlin. Journalist Linda Polman testified as expert for the latter. Exclusively for Movies that Matter she introduces

The Congo Tribunal: Q&A with Eva-Maria Bertschy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 21:15

The Congo Tribunal is a fictitious court created by theatre director Milo Rau, making use of experts, criminal court judges and real stories. Researcher Eva-Maria Bertschy speaks about the making of the film and the underlying

The Congo Tribunal: Q&A with experts dr. Marieke de Hoon and dr. Thijs Bouwknegt

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 19:15

International lawyer Marieke de Hoon discusses the themes in the film with historian Thijs Bouwknegt