In June 2000, the city of Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was the scene of heavy weapons fighting between the armies of Uganda and Rwanda. The damage caused was immense: more than 10,000 shells exploded. Thousands of deaths, thousands of injured and material damages estimated at several hundred million dollars.
Since then, the Association of Victims of the Six-Day War has been fighting for the recognition of this bloody conflict and demanding compensation for the damage suffered. Uganda has been found guilty of war crimes by the International Court of Justice, but the amount of compensation to be paid out is still being discussed two decades after the war. Tired of the bureaucratic negotiations and unsuccessful pleas that have been drawn out for years, tired of the patent indifference of their fellow countrymen, the members of the Association have finally decided to take their fate into their own hands. After a long journey on the Congo River, they will voice their claims in Kinshasa, the capital, where the institutions are based and where most of the former leaders in this war have found refuge.
3 day rental • NR • 90 mins. • Lingala and Swahili with subtitles
“... arresting in content and especially vital as a commentary on contemporary African society, human rights and disability issues.”
— Screen Daily International
“Dieudo Hamadi brings scars of national trauma to light in Downstream to Kinshasa.”
— POV Magazine