Kinshasa Symphony

Kinshasa Symphony is a German 2010 documentary film.

Kinshasa Symphony
German poster
Directed byClaus Wischmann
Martin Baer
Screenplay byClaus Wischmann
Produced bySounding Images GmbH Westdeutscher Rundfunk Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
CinematographyMartin Baer Michael Dreyer
Edited byPeter Klum
Music byJan Tilman Schade
Release dates
  • March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12) (The Look of the Sound)
  • September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) (Germany)
Running time
95 minutes


Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the third-largest city in Africa with 10 million inhabitants. The film shows how some people living there have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste) performing composers such as Handel, Verdi, Beethoven. "Kinshasa Symphony" shows Kinshasa in all its diversity, speed, colour, vitality and energy. It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music.[1]


  • New York City 2010
  • Vancouver 2010
  • Rhode Island 2010

See alsoEdit

  • Congo in Four Acts, a documentary anthology film featuring music from the Kinshasa Symphony


  1. ^ Schmitter, Elke (24 September 2010). "Playing Beethoven in Kinshasa". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 17 March 2012.

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