“Downstream proves Hamadi a significant voice in humanist, activist filmmaking, as well as an emerging figure of note telling African stories from perspectives rooted in the communities from which they hail.” —Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

A group of the Congolese maimed from a war in the year 2000 protest in the streets in the film DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA

Starts April 23

Watch director Dieudo Hamadi in conversation with Muadi Mukenge of the Priority Africa Network, & Friends Of The Congo co-founder & Executive Director, Maurice Carney, recorded on Saturday, 4/24.


Over six bloody days in June 2000, the Congolese city of Kisangani was the scene of deadly violence between the Ugandan and Rwandan armies. More than 10,000 shells exploded, killing thousands and injuring thousands more.

Since then, victims of the Six-Day War have fought for recognition and compensation. Uganda has been found guilty of war crimes by the International Court of Justice, but the victims remain uncompensated decades later.

Now, they decide to take matters into their own hands. In the first Congolese film to be an official selection Cannes Film Festival, and his country’s national submission to the Academy Awards, acclaimed director Dieudo Hamadi (Mama Colonel, National Diploma, Ladies in Waiting) captures their long journey down the Congo River to voice their claims in capital city of Kinshasa, seeking justice at last.

A film by Dieudo Hamadi. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, France & Belgium. In Swahili; Lingala with English subtitles. 2020. 89 mins.

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Dieudo Hamadi
Film director Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1984. He studied medicine from 2005-2008. He then attended several documentary workshops. Dieudo Hamadi is director of two short documentaries – Ladies in Waiting* and Zero Tolerance* – that caught the attention of several festivals in Europe (Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam) and Canada (Toronto). Ladies in Waiting received the Pierre and Yolande Perrault scholarship at Cinema du Réel in 2009. He then directed four feature length documentaries that gave him worldwide recognition: in 2013 Atalaku, in 2014 National Diploma*, in 2017 Mama Colonel*, and in 2018 Kinshasa Makambo. He created Kiripifilms, his own production company.
In 2019 Dieudo Hamadi was awarded the McMillan-Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking by the Film Study Center of Harvard University.

Maurice Carney
Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He has worked with Congolese for over fifteen years in their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity.

Mr. Carney possesses two bachelors degrees, a masters degree and is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science. He has worked with civic associations in West Africa providing training on research methodology and survey. He served as the interim Africa working group coordinator for Reverend Jesse Jackson while he was Special Envoy to Africa. Mr. Carney has worked as a research analyst for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and as a research consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus.

He has provided analysis on the Congo for Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now, Real News Network, Pambazuka News, All Africa News, and a host of other media outlets.

Muadi Mukenge (Moderator)
Muadi Mukenge brings over 21 years of program and grants management, and communications experience in the fields of international philanthropy and development, women’s rights, and global health. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she is active in African Diaspora and international human rights initiatives, speaking often on issues of social movements, economic and political empowerment, and ending violence against women.

Currently, Mukenge leads strategic direction for fundraising, partnership development and global communications at Ipas, a global reproductive rights NGO. Previously, Mukenge oversaw grantmaking, special initiatives, and resource mobilization for Sub-Saharan Africa for the Global Fund for Women from 2004 to 2016, growing its work most significantly in rural communities, conflict regions, and Francophone Africa. Mukenge grew GFW’s portfolio in the Great Lakes Region, making frequent site visits and also organizing workshops and conferences. From 2014-2016, she managed a partnership between Global Fund for Women and the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, to include women in peace processes in the region. Mukenge has traveled to and worked with NGOs and partners in over 20 African countries. In her free time, she helps manage an education and development initiative in rural Congo called Coins of Hope.

Mukenge serves on the Board of Priority Africa Network, the Congolese Studies Association, and Eastern Congo Initiative, and is a former Board member of the African Studies Association and New Field Foundation.