by Seyi Lawal
Multiple award winning Congolese movie, ‘Viva Riva!’ will be screened in Nigeria from December 1, 2011. The Djo Tunda wa Munga directed MTV Movie Award winning feature film has been launched in many other African countries including The Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho and Swaziland.
“This is a high-definition portrait of urban Africa that is rarely seen on the big screen,” says co-producer Steven Markovitz of Cape Town based Big World Cinema through a press statement. “Rich with colour and movement, Munga’s film takes audiences on a journey through crowded city streets and steamy nightclubs. He captures an atmosphere evocative of the DRC as it is today. We want to show that you can release African films across Africa, and that there is an audience, a real market for African films. We hope that this release will create a pipeline for further releases of African titles on the continent’’
Viva Riva! opened in the US the 10th of June to rave reviews.
Watch trailer below.