Conductor Armand Diangienda Present
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Audience Award winner at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Kinshasa Symphony is an unexpected and beautiful musical merging of worlds.
The chaos of Africa’s third largest city is pierced by the sounds of swelling string instruments, as Mozart intermingles with the rich sonic tapestry of Kinshasa. This stirring documentary skillfully demonstrates the power of music to heal and help renew life in a land ravaged by poverty and war.
Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is home to Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra. The symphony’s aim is to spread classical music throughout Kinshasa, incorporating traditional and DIY African instruments into mostly European compositions. One of the musicians describes hearing African rhythms in Beethoven, and the group has built double bass instruments from scratch and replaced violin strings with bicycle brake cables. The film is guaranteed to leave you inspired as a rousing finale performance brings legions of cheering fans to their feet.
This invigorating documentary confronts the realities experienced by the residents of Kinshasa head on, revealing the hope, joy, and stubborn determination within.
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