An immersive and unfiltered look into the world’s longest continuing conflict and those who are surviving within it.
Filmmakers: Daniel McCabe
Runtime: 91 mins
Country: The Democratic Republic of the Congo / United States / Canada
Why is it that some countries seem to be continually mired in cyclical wars, political instability
and economic crises?
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one such a place, a mineral-rich Central African country
that, over the last two decades, has seen more than five million conflict-related deaths, multiple
regime changes and the wholesale impoverishment of its people. Yet though this ongoing
conflict is the world’s bloodiest since WWII, little is known in the West about the players or
This is Congo provides an immersive and unfiltered inside Africa’s longest continuing conflict
and those who are surviving within it. By following four compelling characters — a
whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer and a displaced tailor — the
film offers viewers a truly Congolese perspective on the problems that plague this lushly
beautiful nation. Colonel ‘Kasongo’, Mamadou Ndala, Mama Romance and Hakiza Nyantaba
exemplify the unique resilience of a people who have lived and died through the generations
due to the cycle of brutality generated by this conflict. Though their paths never physically cross,
the ongoing conflict reverberates across all their lives.
In November 2016, after fifteen years in power, President Joseph Kabila cancelled elections extending his rule beyond term limits– and the cycle of war is likely to start again.
Venice International Film Festival 2017
Camden International Film Festival 2017
Daniel McCabe is a New York based photographer and director. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN among others. This is Congo is Daniel’s first feature-length documentary.