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Djo Munga (“Viva Riva!”) Preps “Norwegian Crime In Congo” Doc; Gets Funding Boost

Djo Munga ("Viva Riva!") Preps "Norwegian Crime In Congo" Doc; Gets Funding Boost

Last we wrote about the Viva Riva! director was in December, when we announced the initiative called ImagiNations, created and spearheaded none other than Djo Tunda Wa Munga and Steve Markovitz (his Viva Riva! producer).

Munga and Markovitz paired up to form Suka! Productions to produce a diverse slate of projects, and this new initiative (ImagiNations) is one of them.

As a recap… ImagiNations is described as a Pan-African project in which a series of six feature films based on contemporary African literature will be produced. Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu was revealed to be one of the filmmakers already attached to helm one of those adaptations. And I assume Djo himself will direct one of them as well.

Prior to that exciting announcement, we also revealed a China/Congolese crime drama that Djo has been shopping around for financing since last year.

It’s not certain what his next project will be, of the above 2; but we can now toss in a 3rd one which seems to be well on its way to creation, because, announced earlier today, the project (a documentary titled Norwegian Crime In Congo) was one of 6 selected (from 140 submissions from over 29 countries in Africa) by the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Blue Ice Group that will receive a total of $115,000 in development and production grants from the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund in its first round of disbursements.

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a $1-million production fund that provides financial support to independent filmmakers based in developing African countries, with the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced on the continent.

The feature docs synopsis reads as follows:

Tjostolv Moland and Joshua French, two Norwegians citizens, were found guilty by a Congolese military tribunal of the death of a taxi driver in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, in September 2009. Behind the crime, thriller and investigation, the documentary will look at how the Congolese population is trapped in an environment where justice, the State, Western diplomacy and almost everything are dysfunctional.

I’m not at all familiar with the case, so I looked it up and found that there’s a Wikipedia page devoted entirely to it. You can read it and familiarize yourself with the case HERE.

Congrats Djo! I expected we’ll be hearing more about this doc in coming months.

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