Kinshasa Symphony

Director: Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Germany
Year: 2010
Running Time: 95 min
Language: French and Lingala

Kinshasa Symphony, Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, 2010, DRC/Germany, 95 min.

Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth in the Congo! The film follows West Africa’s only symphonic orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste of Kinshasa, as it prepares for its first open air concert in its neighborhood, Ngiri-Ngiri. It is also a study of people doing their best to maintain a most complex human joint endeavor in one of the world’s most chaotic cities. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa and the power of music.

About the Director

Martin Baer and Claus Wischmann

clauBiography: Martin Baer is a cinematographer, author, and director. He has made television features and documentaries and has also filmed many opera productions, concerts, and stage plays. As an author, director, and cinematographer, his documentaries mainly focus on historical topics and on Africa. Additionally, Martin Baer is the author of several texts about Africa’s history.

Claus Wischmann is an author, director, and executive director at Sounding Images. After studying the piano, he wrote and directed over 40 documentaries and television features; he has also recorded concerts and made documentary portraits. His films have been shown at prestigious international festivals and have won awards such as the American Golden Eagle Award.

(Source: http://www.siff.net/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=44515&FID=206)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Kinshasa Symphony (2011, 2012).

Filmography:
Befreien Sie Afrika (1999 – Martin Baer);
Koopman in Freiberg (2000 – Claus Wischmann);
Das grosse Spiel – L’Opéra de Monte Carlo (2001 – Claus Wischmann);
Ein Riese auf Reisen (2001 – Claus Wischmann);
Headhunting [Eine Kopfjagd – Auf der Suche nach dem Schädel des Sultans Mkwawa] (2001 – Martin Baer);
Nun sag mir, kleine, weisse Wolke: Vesselina Kasarova und die Stimmen Bulgariens (2002 – Claus Wischmann);
Zu Tisch in… (2002-2006 – Claus Wischmann);
A Voice out of the Cold: Vivica Genaux (2004 – Claus Wischmann);
Weisse Geister (2004 – Martin Baer);
Glanz der Erde [La Terre dans tous ses éclats] (2005 – Claus Wischmann);
Grenzenloses Spiel – Der Pianist Boris Berezovsky (2006 – Claus Wischmann);
Schäden für die Ewigkeit – Was von der Kohle bleibt (2006 – Claus Wischmann);
Ein Laden in… – Berlin, Eisenwaren C. Adolph (2007 – Claus Wischmann);
Die Story – Schäden für die Ewigkeit – Was von der Kohle bleibt: Steinkohleabbau am Rhein und in Lothringen (2007 – Claus Wischmann);
András Schiff im Teatro Olimpico – Ein Mozartkonzert im ältesten Theater Europas (2007 – Claus Wischmann);
Aufbruch im Nordmeer – Der Schatz in der Barentssee (2008 – Claus Wischmann);
Die Laubenpieper von Pankow (2008 – Claus Wischmann);
Wagners Meistersänger, Hitlers Siegfried (2008 – Claus Wischmann);
Edita Gruberova (2009 – Claus Wischmann);
Im Reich der Heiligen Pflanzen (2009 – Claus Wischmann);
Kinshasa Symphony (2010);
Nicht von dieser Welt – Murray Perahia (2010 – Claus Wischmann); Fahrt ins Risiko – Eisstrasse in Sibirien (2010 – Claus Wischmann);
Landträume – In der Toskana (2011 – Claus Wischmann).