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“Viva Riva” Wins Inaugural “Best African Movie” Category At 2011 MTV Movie Awards

"Viva Riva" Wins Inaugural "Best African Movie" Category At 2011 MTV Movie Awards

And the beat goes on for Djo Tunda Wa Munga and the Viva Riva! team. As a reminder, the film opens this weekend in New York and Los Angeles. I also will be posting my interview with director Djo before the end of the week.

In the meantime… lifted from a much longer press release reads:

Viva Riva! Wins Inaugural Best African Movie Category

Taking home the inaugural prize for Best African Movie was Viva Riva!, the stylish adrenaline-fuelled crime thriller directed and written by Congolese film-maker, Djo Tunda wa Munga. The breathless story of the rise and fall of Riva, a Congolese smuggler who makes a fortune overnight and is hunted down in Kinshasa, Viva Riva! Stars Patsha Bay Mukana as Riva, a likable Kinshasa-based hustler and Manie Malone as Nora, the girlfriend of a tough local crime boss. Viva Riva was produced by Boris van Gils, Michael Goldberg, Djo Tunda wa Munga and co-produced by Steven Markovitz.

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Why then was it the only category not televised? Apparently MTV cares about African filmmaking… but not that much. Sounds like its worth investigating.

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