In competition at
Sieff Sardinia
September 15 - 23, 2012


Cornwall Film Festival
Newquay, UK
November 6, 2011 - 5.10pm

Immagini & Suoni del Mondo
Florence, Italy
October 31, 2011 - 4:30pm

Goma, DR Congo
October 26, 2011 - 6pm

Congo in Harlem 3
New York, USA
October 17, 2011 - 7:30pm

Vilnius, Lithuania
September 24, 2011 - 7pm
September 28, 2011 - 7pm
October 1, 2011 - 3pm

Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee, USA (WI)
September 24, 2011 - 1pm
September 25, 2011 - 12:15pm
September 27, 2011 - 4:30pm

18th Golden Boll Film Festival
Adana, Turkey
September 19, 2011 - 5:30pm
September 21, 2011 - 8:15pm
Turkish Premier

25th Santa Rosa Film Festival
Santa Rosa, USA (Cl)
September 19, 2011 - 6:30pm
in competition: "cinema of conscience" & "arts in film"

Tallahassee Film Society
Tallahassee, USA (Fl)
September 16, 2011 - 6pm
September 18, 2011 - 4pm & 6pm
September 24, 2011 - 3pm
September 25, 2011 - 3pm

The Wadsworth Atheneum
Hartford, USA (CT)
August 18, 2011 - 6pm
August 20, 2011 - 6pm
August 21, 2011 - 12:30pm

3rd Beach Documentary Festival
Kribi, Cameroon
July 13, 2011 - 9:30pm
in competition

22nd Marseille Int. Film Festival
Marseille, France
July 6, 2011 - 1:45pm
July 11, 2011 - 6pm

8th Festival de Cine Africano
Tarifa, Spain
June 17, 2011 - 10pm

11th Image et Vie
Dakar, Sénégal
June 17, 2011 - 6pm

4th Cinéma & Costume
Moulins, France
June 17, 2011 - 3:30pm

SouthSide Film Festival
Bethlehem, USA
June 16, 2011 - 7:05pm
June 17, 2011 - 9pm

Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle, USA
May 28, 2011 - 3:30pm
June 1, 2011 - 4:30pm
June 7, 2011 - 7pm
in competition

Festival Grosses Fernsehen
Cologne, Germany
May 29, 2011 - 11am
Free entry!

Quito, Ecuador
16.05.2011 - 9:45pm
22.05.2011 - 3pm

8th Planete Doc
Warsaw, Poland
13.05.2011 - 5pm
15.05.2011 - 9:30pm
competition:best music film

Bermuda Docs
Devonshire, Bermuda
01.05.2011 - 7pm

27th Vues d'Afrique
Montréal, Canada
as opening film:
29.04.2011 - 7pm
01.05.2011 - 3:30pm
both screenings with Martin Baer

7th Aljazeera Film Festival
Doha, Quatar
23.04.2011 - 11am
in competition

5th Fès Documentary Week
Fès, Marocco
17.04.2011 - 7:30pm

8th Patois Film Fest
New Orleans, USA
16.04.2011 - 6pm

MSP Int. Film Festival
Minneapolis/St.Paul, USA
15.04.2011 - 6:45pm
16.04.2011 - 5:30pm
05.05.2011 - 4:45pm
In Competition
With Armand Diangienda

25th Bolzano Cinema
Bolzano, Italy
14.04.2011 - 6pm
15.04.2011 - 2pm
International Competition

Les Teules Filantes
Pessac, France
14.04.2011 -   4:30pm
16.04.2011 - 10:30am
International Competition

Riverrun Int. Film Festival
Winston-Salem, USA
09.04.2011 - 12:30pm
10.04.2011 - 10am
12.04.2011 - 2:30pm

International Competition

with Armand Diangienda!

Sonoma Int. Film Festival
Sonoma, USA
08.04.2011 - 9:30am
08.04.2011 - 12:30pm
10.04.2011 - 6:30pm

African Film Festival, Inc.
New York, USA
06.04.2011 - 8pm
08.04.2011 - 3:30pm

with Armand Diangienda!

Doc Lounge
Gothenburg, Sweden
29.03.2011 - 8pm


Birmingham / UK
27.03.2011, 15:30
UK premiere

13th Thessaloniki Doc Festival
Thessaloniki, Greece
14.03.2011 - 12am
20.03.2011 - 3am

4. Nicosia Int. Film Festival
Nicosia, Cyprus
11.03.2011 - 8pm
12.03.2011 - 11am

Salem Film Festival
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
08.03.2011, 18:30

in competition

Salt Spring Film Festival
06.03.2011, 12:30

Fespaco 2011
Burkina Faso
26.02.2011, 10:00

Jameson Dublin Int. Film Festival
25.02.2011, 16:15


17th Sedona Int. Film Festival
Arizona, USA
22.02.2011, 15:20
24.02.2011, 09:00

in competition


German Cinema
Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin

15.02.2011, 15:30, Cinemaxx 1



8th Big Sky
Documentary Film Festival

Missoula, Montana, USA
13.02.2011, 10:10


Sauti za Busara Music Festival
Sounds of Wisdom
Amphitheatre Stonetown, Zanzibar
10.02.11, 20h20



Victoria Film Festival
04.02.2011, 19:00
13.02.2011, 16:00


Spokane Film Festival
Spokane USA
04.02.2011, 17:00
05.02.2011, 18:00

in competition



Helsinki & Tallinn Documentary Film Festival
Finland, Helsinki  25.01. - 30.01.11
Estonia, Tallinn  29.01. - 31.01.11
with Martin Baer


Reel Music 28
USA, Portland
NW FilmCenter  17.Jan, 13h00
NW FilmCenter  18.Jan, 19h00  

22nd PSIFF
USA, Palm Springs
06.01. - 17.01.2011
with Claus Wischmann



20th Traces de Vies
France, Clermont-Ferrand
22.11. - 28.11.2010
International Competition


23rd IDFA
Netherlands, Amsterdam
17.11. - 28.11.2010
with Martin Baer



Cinema Verité
Int. Documentary Film Festival
08.11. - 12.11.2010
International Competition


Free Zone Film Festival
Serbia, Belgrade
05.11. - 10.11.2010


7th Amakula Kampala
Uganda, Kampala
29.10. - 06.11.2010

Opening Film


Spain, Tenerife, Guía de Isora
29.10. - 06.11.2010
International Competition


12th Muestra Int. Documental
Colombia, Bogotá
25.10. - 31.10.2010


7th Taiwan Int. Doc. Festival
Taiwan, Taichung
22.10. - 31.10.2010



34th Mostra IFF
Brazil, Sao Paulo
22.10. - 04.11.2010
International Competition


5th DocsDF
Mexico, Mexico City
21.10. - 31.10.2010
International Competition


Festival of Liberties
Belgium, Brussels
21.10. - 30.10.2010


CMJ Music&Film Festival
USA, New York
19.10. - 23.10.2010


10th Flahertiana
International Documentary Film Festival
Russia, Perm
14.10. - 20.10.2010
International Competition
with Martin Baer



33rd Mill Valley Film Festival
USA, San Rafael
07.10. - 17.10.2010


Vancouver Int. Film Festival
Canada, Vancouver
30.09. - 15.10.2010
with Claus Wischmann


7th Int. Filmfest Eberswalde
Germany, Eberswalde
02.10. - 09.10.2010


10th Festival of German Cinema
Argentina, Buenos Aires
23.10. - 29.10.2010



Rose d'Or
Switzerland, Lucerne
18.09. - 22. 09. 2010



Mozambique, Maputo
10.09 - 19.09.2010 

Germany, Bonn
10. 09. - 10. 10. 2010



4th Vukovar Filmfestival
Croatia, Vukovar
25.08. - 29.08.2010
with Claus Wischmann



Les etats généraux du documentaire
France, Lussas
22.08. - 28.08.2010


16th Black Harvest Film Festival
USA, Chicago
August 2010


International Music&Film Festival
South Korea, Jecheon
12.08. - 17.08.2010
International Competition
with Martin Baer


14th Flickers:RIIFF
USA, Rhode Island, Providence
10.08. - 15.08.2010
Inernational Competition


Belgium, Namur
06.08. - 08.08.2010

Two Riversides
Poland, Kazimierz Dolny/Janoviec
31.07. - 08.08.2010

5 Lakes Film Festival
Germany, Starnberg, Seefeld, Herrsching and Wörthersee
27.07. - 04.08.2010

Durban Int. Film Festival
South Africa, Durban
22.07. - 01.08.2010
International Competition
with Pascal Capitolin


3. Musikfilmtage Oberaudorf
Germany, Oberaudorf
17.07. - 28.07.2010

Bozar:Visionary Africa
Belgium, Brussels
23.05. - 26.09.2010

Festival des Deutschen Films
Germany, Ludwigshafen
16.06. - 27.06.2010
with Claus Wischmann


21. International Filmfest Emden
Germany, Norderney
02.06. - 09.06.2010


CONGO 2010
Belgium, Hervé
May/June 2010

Ecrans Noirs
Cameroon, Yaoundé
29.05. - 05.06.2010


25th DOK.fest
Germany, Munich
05.05. – 12.05.2010


Afrika Filmfestival
Belgium, Leuven
16.04. - 01.05.2010


Open Doek Film Festival
Belgium, Turnhout
23.04. - 02.04.2010


Visions du Réel
Switzerland, Nyon
15.04. - 21.04.2010
Opening Film


The Look of the Sound
Germany, Bremen
0.03. - 13.03.2010


Berlinale 2010
Germany, Berlin
11.02. - 21.02.2010

The film “Kinshasa Symphony” celebrates its WORLD PREMIER as “Berlinale Special” on February 17th 2010, 21:45h 


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First broadcasting of Kinshasa Symphony at WDR (West German Television) on 7. August 2012, 22h30

Winner of a golden HUGO at the 48th Chigago TV Festival Hugo Awards.

Kinshasa Symphony
is nominated in the category „Information & Culture/Special“ for the German TV Grimme-Award 2012.

Winners of International "Gold Panda" Awards for Documentary at the "11th Sichuan TV Festival": Kinshasa Symphony receives GRAND PRIZE and prize for BEST DIRECTOR!

Finally! .. the instruments that had been collected for the orchestra since the theatrical release in Germany have finally arrived in Kinshasa! A big thanks to all the donors! Pictures here

AWARD NEWS: Best Arts in Film Documetary - Feature International @ Santa Rosa Int. Film Festival!

screening at the opening ceremony of the "German Film Week" in Bujumbura, Burundi @ 7pm (19h) - with Martin Baer and Pascal Capitolin!

Theatrical release in France! ! !

The children of an elementary school in Berlin-Steglitz, "Grundschule am Insulaner", have collected 600€ to support the music school project of the orchestra!

Best Documentary
at the 11th Image et Vie Film Festival in Dakar, Sénégal!

Theatrical release in Austria on May, 20th!

... and another Audience Award! This time in Pessac/France at Palmarés-Du Festival de cinéma jeune public-Les Toiles Filantes!

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, USA!

Kinshasa Symphony wins two awards at the 25th Bolzano Film Festival:"Best Documentary" and Audience Award!

Kinshasa Symphony has won two more awards! The World Gold Medal at the New York Festival in the category documentaries as well as the Award for the Best Artistic Achievement from the city of Potsdam.

Twitter News from RiverRun Film Festival:
"Met a woman who drove up from Atlanta (530 km distance) with her daughter just to watch "Kinshasa Symphony" today!"

Theatrical release in France in September!

Beautiful segment about Kinshasa Symphony on NYC's classical music station WQXR.

Armand Diangienda will be attending 2 festivals in the US in April: The AFF in NY and RiverRun Int. Film Festival in Winston-Salem!!!

Kinshasa Symphony has won the Jury Award at the 2011 Salem Film Fest!

Kinshasa Symphony is nominated for the GERMAN FILM AWARD 2011!

Kinshasa Symphony is preselected for the German film award Lola.

Theatrical release in Belgium January 2011!

CMJ Music&Film Festival, New York, announces Kinshasa Symphony as "Best Documentary" in the Audience Poll!

WDR musicians back from Kinshasa! Trip and work with the Orchestra a huge success!

Closing Film at the European Film Festival in Göttingen/Germany. Sold out again!

Two sold out screenings at the EthnoFilmFest in Munich and apparently a record in visitors and positive feedback!

Screening at Free Zone Festival in Belgrade: "The screening was really great. Our audience loved the film. I can say that Kinshasa Symphony was one of the hit films at Free zone."

November 2010: Theatrical Release in Switzerland!

"Special Jury Mention" for creative dramatic illustration of the survival topic at "Flahertiana" Film Festival in Perm, Russia!

"VIFF Most Popular Nonfiction Film Award" in Vancouver!

Kinshasa Symphony is the Audience Favourite at the "10th Festival des Deutschen Films" in Buenos Aires!

Our first need at betterplace.org has been completed. Thanks to everyone for the donations and support!

Great cinema release! Kinshasa Symphony in 6th place at this week's Arthouse-Movie-Charts!

"Kinshasa Symphony...the best musical documentary since Rhythm is it!" - Deutschlandradio

Theatrical Release in Germany

Now donations for the orchestra possible at betterplace.org!

"Kinshasa Symphony" is nominated for the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards 2010.

The 6th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival presents the Grand Prize to "Kinshasa Symphony" from the International Competition section, "World Music Film Today".

Rhode Island Int. Film Festival 2010:
Grand Prize "Best Cinematography"
goes to "Kinshasa Symphony"
The 2010 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) announced the winners in this year’s film competition at its annual Awards Ceremony in downtown Providence, RI. The festival ran August 10th-15th and showcased over 200 cinematic works, including 35 World and 23 US/North American Premieres. The films were selected from a record entry base of over 4200 international submissions.

Filmmusik verbindet die Festivals in aller Welt: bei den Oberaudorfer Musikfilmtagen spielt die Jugendblaskapelle Filmmusikklassiker - zur Eroeffnung des Jecheon International Music & Film Festivals in Korea gibt es ebenfalls Filmmusik, diesmal gespielt auf koreanischen Saiteninstrumenten.
Beide Festivals sind noch jung. Beide sind ausgesprochen gastfreundlich und wunderbar musikorientiert. Fantastisch, dass beide Kinshasa Symphony zeigen! In Bayern mit deutschen Untertiteln, in Jecheon mit koreanischen.

Kinshasa Symphony erhält eine "Lobende Erwähnung" beim Phoenix-Dokumentarfilmpreis 2010. >>>

Pascal Capitolin stellt Kinshasa Symphony beim Durban International Film Festival vor: "Die erste Vorstellung fand vor vierhundert Schülern statt, die danach vor allem fragten, wieso Schwarze klassische Musik statt Rap oder ähnlichem spielen. Der Film kam sehr gut bei ihnen an - und gelacht wurde an ganz anderen Stellen als in Europa. In Südafrika haben schon erstaunlich viele Menschen von "Kinshasa Symphony" gehört."

Kinshasa Symphony hat seine Premiere im Kongo.
Der Film läuft "open air" am 20.7., dann als Gala-Vorstellung für das gesamte Orchester am 21. Juli im "Hotel Venus" und am 22. Juli im "Centre Culturel Wallonie-Bruxelles" fileadmin/user_upload/pdfs/PM_Filmvorfuehrung_in_Kinshasa.pdf>>>

Kinshasa Symphony erhält den Publikumspreis beim „Festival des Deutschen Films“ >>>

Special Mention: Kinshasa Symphony "The jury was very enthusiastic about the portrayal of the creative musicians in Congo."

Kinshasa Symphony opens the prestigious "Visions du Réel" festival in Nyon (Switzerland) on 15 April 2010 

8.3.2010 World premier of Kinshasa Symphony a complete success: two showings completely sold out, keen interest from the audience

Kinshasa Symphony selected for Berlinale 2010
The film “Kinshasa Symphony” celebrates its world premiere at “Berlinale Special” on February 17th 2010, 21:45h (rerun February 18th, 18:00h, Cubix 8)

The team is back in Berlin and the postproduction has started already.

The second phase of filming in
Kinshasa has begun. Fortunately, the rains have held off. Rehearsals, outside shots, short musician portraits and a new protagonist: a tubist with his own pharmacy. And: the cameraman still has both his shoes.

sounding images GmbH has succeeded in bringing the Kinshasa Symphony project to the attention of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. The orchestra gave the filming team a crate with collected instruments for L’Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste. A long-term partnership is planned between the two orchestras. An instrument maker is also to travel to
Kinshasa to offer support and advice locally.

sounding images has succeeded in securing the patronage of the German Commission for UNESCO for the Kinshasa Symphony project. This makes us very proud.

The first leg of the filming is over. With the exception of one of the cameraman’s shoes that got lost on the flight back, the team and their equipment have returned unscathed…

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