Kisangani Diary

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    Kisangani Diary

    Directed by

    Austria, France

    1998

    45 min

    • French
    • English

    Documentary, Short

    After the massacre perpetrated on the Tutsis in 1994, tens of thousands of Hutus fled to Zaire, and many of them never returned. In March of 1997, Hubert Sauper traveled along on a U.N. train in search of these “forgotten” refugees, who were living in poverty thousands of miles from home, plagued by famine, disease and attacks by various armed militias. Along the tracks that are overgrown by the rainforest, Sauper leads the viewer to the “heart of darkness,” the same place where Joseph Conrad wrote his novel a century ago. The film confronts the audience with the consequences of civil war, the chaos and the inconceivable suffering. Sauper gives us images of emaciated children with large eyes and silent adults with a gaze that betrays their feelings when all hope has vanished. We watch as photographers and cameramen depict this misery, and we observe the impotence of the international community: time and again, relief efforts run into logistical problems.

    Awards

    • Short Film Award - Cinéma de Réel
    • Special Mention - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Grand Prix - Nuremberg International Human Rights FF

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Hubert Sauper
    Cinematography
    Hubert Sauper
    Editing
    Hubert Sauper
    Music
    Zsuzsanna Várkonyi
    Production
    NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER FILMPRODUKTION GMBH
    Production
    FLOR FILMS PARIS
    Sales
    CELLULOID DREAMS

    Press

    A chilling account of refugees in the Congo.

    Paul Power, Variety

    A fascinating documentary.

    Jb Selliez, Europa Cinemas

    Hubert Sauper

    Hubert Sauper

    Austria

    What you really search for, as an artist, is to create cinema which can give people a 'first-hand life experience.'

    Hubert Sauper was born in Kitzbühel/Tyrol, in the Austrian Alps. He lived in Great Britain, Italy, the USA, and then France for ten years. He studied film directing in Vienna (Univ. of Performing Arts) and in Paris (Univ. de Paris VIII.) and graduated with a B.A. (Mag. Art). Hubert teaches film classes in Europe and the USA. KISANGANI DIARY (1998) won numerous International Film Prizes and DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE (2004) was nominated for an Academy Award. He has also written and directed other works including ALONE WITH OUR STORIES (2000) and ON THE ROAD WITH EMIL (1993). His latest documentary WE COME AS FRIENDS was awarded at both the Viennale & Biennale this year and is currently an EFA nominee.

    Selected Filmography