ABOUT THE FILM

ABOUT THE FILM

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DIRECTED BY: STEPHAN HILPERT

“Stephan Hilpert examines not only their connections with the local people but also the broader relationship between so-called developed nations and countries whose precariousness is a direct result of imperial exploitation.”  

Phuong Le, The Guardian

How helpful is development aid from the Global North?

 

In crisis-ridden eastern Congo, three European development aid workers are forced to question what it means to help.

Raúl, a French-Spanish economist doing research on rebel groups, realises that he is leading his Congolese colleagues into great temptation with his project funds, putting their study at risk of failing.

 

After 30 years in Africa, Peter, from Germany, reaches retirement age and is unable to renew his job contract. He struggles to stay in Congo and to preserve his identity as an aid worker.

 

And the relationship of Anne-Laure, from Belgium, is put to the test when her Congolese boyfriend, after a stay in prison, becomes a high-profile regime critic.

 

Deeply personal insights into coexistence and cooperation between Europe and Africa—and the question: how helpful is the help of the West?

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CINEMA SCREENINGS

Tue 02 November: Finsbury Park Picturehouse 

(+Q&A with Director Stephan Hilpert & Dr Gauthier Marchais)

Wed 03 November: Everyman York 

(+Q&A with Director Stephan Hilpert)

Mon 08 November: Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

(+Q&A with Director Stephan Hilpert & Dr Gauthier Marchais)

Thu 11 November: Strode Theatre, Somerset

Mon 15 November: Cameo Picturehouse, Edinburgh

(+Q&A with Director Stephan Hilpert & Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse)

Tue 07 December: Chapeltown Picture House, Manchester

Wed 08 December: Bertha DocHouse, London

on 26 November

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