Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Living and Dying in Kinshasa

Posted in African Politics, Culture, DR Congo, Reviews by ruben eberlein on October 17, 2013

cemetryState1Filip de Boeck’s movie Cemetery State about life at the huge graveyard Kintambo in Kinshasa and the neighbouring slum named Camp Luka is a must-see for everybody interested in modern city-life in Africa. The anthropologist, for a long time acquainted with the capital of the DRC, follows a crew of young men while they take care of the dead in a city that is marked by grotesque disparities and contradictions. In course of their work, they challenge long-standing social hierarchies in their gerontocratic societies. Read my short review of the movie that appeared in the latest issue of Blätter des iz3w (pdf). The film can be ordered here.

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  1. Chris Fredrick-Orumah said, on October 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I saw this documentary in 2008 in Belgium. The author was my anthropology professor. I sure would love to take an indepth take at this point in life.

  2. Chris Fredrick-Orumah said, on October 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Reblogged this on anthroeducate and commented:
    I did see the documentary when it initially came out.

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