This film series is very special most definitely worth checking out. And if you're not in the vicinity of NYC, please take a look at the link below if you're interested in getting a taste of some very relevant filmmaking that's going on in the world.
Congo in Harlem Series, October 1-24, 2009
From their website:
The conflict raging in Democratic Republic of Congo is the deadliest humanitarian crisis since World War II. It has taken nearly 6 million lives since 1996, most of them women and children. But despite the vast human toll, most Americans are still unfamiliar with the conflict, and even less so with Congo’s vibrant culture and traditions.
During the month of October, the Maysles Cinema presents Congo in Harlem. Congo in Harlem a month-long series of film screenings accompanied by special events, panel discussions, performances, and receptions. Congo in Harlem will provide audiences with more than the traditional movie-going experience -- it will offer opportunities to discover Congolese culture, learn about the ongoing humanitarian crisis, engage in dialog, and get involved.
Learn more here: http://www.mayslesinstitute.org/cinema/congoharlemI 2009.html
*Editorial tip: "Lumo" is a particularly engaging documentary about a women struggling to recover from rape and violence -- especially relevant given the current state of Congolese politics.