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African Odysseys

La Belle at the Movies

+ intro by director Cecilia Zoppelletto

A poetic homage to Kinshasa’s once-vibrant film industry and its cowboy culture.

Image from La Belle at the Movies + intro by director Cecilia Zoppelletto

UK-Belgium-Congo 2016
Dir Cecilia Zoppelletto
67min
English subtitles

Kinshasa, ‘Kin la Belle,’ is a city of 10 million people without a single cinema. This poetic homage to Kinshasa’s once-vibrant film industry includes interviews with filmmakers, cinema owners and government officials. It also documents the extraordinary Kinshasa cowboy culture that grew in response to the 1960s spaghetti westerns.

+ The Return of an Adventurer
Le Retour d’un Adventurer
Niger 1966. Dir Moustapha Alassane. 34min. EST
Returning from the US to his village in Niger, a man brings western outfits to his close friends, who decide to become cowboys.

La Cinematheque Afrique

Tickets £6.50

Joint ticket available with Moustapha Alassane, Cineaste of the Possible and Africa Goes West: The Black Cowboy; £15 only, with no concessions or members’ discount available.


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