Congo Week 2014 Events

Commemoration of Patrice Lumumba 

Friends of the Congo in collaboration with Maysles Cinema will screen "Lumumba" by Raoul Peck on Friday, January 17, 2014 in New York City. A post Film Discussion on the current situation in the Congo and the global movement in support of the Congo will follow the screening. A special focus will be placed on the recently published declassified documents by the U.S. State Department on U.S. covert action in the Congo from 1960 to 1968.

The film "Lumumba" documents the true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the legendary leader of independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Made in the tradition of such true-life political thrillers as Malcolm X and JFK, Raoul Peck's award-winning Lumumba is a gripping epic that dramatizes for the first time Lumumba's life. When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old, self-educated Lumumba became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the newly independent state.

Friday, January 17, 2014
Lumumba: A Commemoration
Time: 7:30 PM - 12:00 Midnight
Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027

Cost: $10 - Click here to purchase tickets! 
In addition to the screening and discussion, there will be music, food, beverages and entertainment.


Aliki Godi, Moderator
Aliki Godi is a graduate of the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City University of New York-City College.  She also holds a Communications degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has spent over eight years in the travel insurance and healthcare sectors as a business development and communications professional.
Born in Kampala Uganda, Aliki migrated to the United States in her early teens after living in refugee camps in the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, she is a Radio Producer and a News Presenter on “No Questions Asked-Izigqi Zezizwe,” a radio program featuring music and news from Africa and the diaspora on New York City’s popular alternative radio station: WBAI 99.5 FM.

Lubangi Muniania, Panelist
Lubangi Muniania is an Art Educator, specialized in the visual and performing arts of Africa.  He has worked as a Director of Education at the Museum for African Art in New York, African Art Education consultant for the Art Institute of Chicago, Saint Louis Museum of Arts, other museums, festivals and cultural centers. He has written articles for newspapers, essays for museum publications and universities.
Lubangi Muniania is currently the president of Tabilulu Productions. He has also produced documentaries and educational events for Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, City College of New York, United Nations, Africa-America Institute, Session at West 54 for Sony, Africa One for AT&T, African Portrait for NBC, Memories of Lumumba for the Museum for African Art, radio programs and a documentary on Democratic Republic of Congo for Bill Moyers Journal at PBS.  

Sarah Kazadi, Panelist
Sarah M. Kazadi is a journalist, producer and filmmaker based in New York City. Her work has been featured on various platforms, including Newsweek, CBS Sports and the Amsterdam News.

Though she’s comfortable working in print or online, Sarah is most passionate about video journalism. She has spent the last few years lugging her camera around the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Philadelphia and NYC as a video journalist and producer. In the summer of 2012, she created a short documentary entitled ELIKYA, which was an official selection for the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. This past summer, she created a short film entitled The Renewal, which uses dance and poetry to tell a love story.

Sarah was born in the Congo and grew up in New York City. She still believes that journalism and film have the power to change the world. She is currently splitting her time between freelancing for various news organizations and producing at the CBS Sports Network.

Ngoie Yedidia Nshisso, Panelist
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, Ngoie Yedidia Nshisso is the founder and current Operation’s Coordinator of Congo Future Inc., a non-profit organization that has for aim to assist and support awareness about the Democratic Republic of Congo, by targeting and supporting organizations on the ground. He also helped in the incorporation of the AYMC Inc., (Association of Young Minds of Charlotte).  While attending Johnson C. Smith University, he became a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc and later served as its treasurer and then president. Ngoie received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and his now in the last semester of his Master’s program in Finance at Devry University.  He is also in the process of enrollment in a Law School, where he aspires to specialize in International, Human Right’s and Immigration Law.

A graduate of the premiere edtion of the Kimpa Vita Institute Leadership Retreat, Ngoie believes in investing in the Congolese youth of today. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said: "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future," Ngoie stands resolute to inspire and work with the next generation of young Congolese leaders.