Kinshasa 2.0| 11mins
Director: Teboho Edkins | Producer: Don Edkins
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: South Africa
Kinshasa 2.0 tells the story of how the arrest of Marie-ThÃ©rÃ¨se Nlandu, a woman from a prominent political family in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was publicized through the Internet and resulted in filmmaker Teboho Edkins visiting Kinshasa to see how the arrest has affected the family. His film explores a tense, militarized Kinshasa, where it is extremely difficult to film, and using 2nd life -- a 3D virtual chat program - he looks at his friend Carine's attempt to keep in contact with her aunt Marie-ThÃ©rÃ¨se after she is released and goes into exile in Belgium. The film moves between the real city and the heightened world of 2nd life accompanied by a silent observer -- a wooden soldier that appears on the edge of most scenes observing, waiting, watching...