During a research trip in the Congo, Swiss theatre-maker and filmmaker Milo Rau came across a sickening incident: in the mining village of Matarule, he filmed the bodies of some thirty women and children. During the past two decades, six million people have been similarly slaughtered in the Congo. Rau attempts to reveal the mechanisms that have made this genocide possible. His hypothesis is that mining for valuable minerals has led to exploitation, civil war and genocide. The only parties to profit from this are the large international companies who have taken over the local communities. As the government failed to act, Rau set up his own Congo Tribunal. The jury is made up of politicians, mine workers, lobbyists and (independent) experts from the region. It is chaired by the co-founder of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Together, they examine the causes of the genocide in the Congo, in a tribunal that is not officially recognised, but offers a perfect reflection of a global humanitarian crisis.
- Milo Rau
- Thomas Schneider
- Katja Dringenberg
- Marcel Vaid
Milo RAU (1977, Switzerland) studied Sociology, German and Roman studies in Paris, Berlin and Zürich, under e.g. Pierre Bourdieu. Since 2002, he has delivered over 50 plays, films and books. His productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals and have toured more than 30 countries worldwide. Rau won, amongst others, the Swiss Theater Award in 2014 and the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Award in 2016. In 2007, Rau founded the theatre and film production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM). His film THE CONGO TRIBUNAL (2017) examines the causes and background of the Congo War.