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Political theater

The Congo Tribunal
Regissør: Milo Rau
(Tyskland/Sveits)

The Congo Tribunal shows us a country turned into a war scene. 

As I write this, and as you read these words, there is a piece of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) somewhere near both of us. In fact, the device you read my words on is very likely to contain a fragment of this African country. Coltan, niobium and cassiterite are minerals that are indispensable to our lives in the 21. century, because they are found in most electronic devices, and large numbers of them are buried beneath Congo's soil.

To reverse the equation. But this wealth is rather a curse than a blessing. For the past two decades, the Congolese government, international companies and local militias have made the country a war scene, with each of the belligerent parties serving in the chaos – for which no one is held accountable. Swiss director Milo Raus's latest political theater project, The Congo Trial, reverses the equation, if. . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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