Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe

I went into Daniel McCabe’s This Is Congo with a healthy amount of trepidation, expecting nothing more than a linear history lesson about the state of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017. My expectations weren’t met. The film is a history lesson, that’s for sure, but it keeps the lesson active, primarily rooted in McCabe’s footage rather than in talking head interviews. For a documentary, it’s remarkably propulsive, even thrilling at times, and for that I must give a tip of the hat. This Is Congo is terrific, though soul-shaking, which is more or less the thesis and the conclusion of my review over at The Playlist.


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