CHE IN CONGO - A DREAM OF LIBERATION is a unique approach to discovering the stories that connect DR Congo's past to the present and future. It is a long term multimedia project by award-winning photojournalist Jan-Joseph Stok and Palme D'Or nominated filmmaker Ben Crowe.
Through photography and film we explore this unrevealed chapter of Che Guevara's life and touch on many of the issues that the people of Congo today face in their daily lives and their dreams for a better future.
As foreign journalists, the project seeks to embrace a critical perspective on the role and meaning of Congo's representation by 'foreign eyes' in the wider context of contemporary forms of neo-colonialism.
This year - 2018 - could be the first peaceful transfer of power in DRC since Independence from Belgium in 1960. But incumbent President Joseph Kabila has broken the constitutional two-term limit of the Presidency and repeatedly suspended planned elections. A precarious national dialogue has been established to manage a transition of power in December 2018 but it remains unclear if this is a tactic by the President to buy-time. There is increasing State repression and signs that some provinces are preparing for secession. Democracy activists across the country have grown into a peaceful movement for social and political reform but the pressure for armed revolt in eastern Congo is growing. A return to civil war and mass upheaval would have huge implications for the whole of east and central Africa.
CHE IN CONGO
IMAGE: JAN-JOSEPH STOK
A DREAM OF LIBERATION
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