• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021

two film-screening evenings in cooperation with

the IMZ - International Music + Media Centre, Austria

Kinshasa Symphony

Thursday, 30 May, 18:00 - MAK Lecture Hall



Just as 200 orchestral musicians are about to play the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, ‘Freude schöner Götterfunken’, a power cut strikes. But problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two putsches, various crises and a war. But focus on the music and hopes for a better future keep them going. Kinshasa Symphony is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour: a symphony orchestra. The film is about the DRC, the people of Kinshasa and the power of music. Claus Wischmann, one of the directors, will present the film on-site and answer the audience’s questions.


Recorded: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2009/10
Directors: Claus Wischman, Martin Baer
Producers: Stefan Pannen, Holger Preusse
Conductor: Armand Diangienda
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste
Duration (film): 95’


The Culture Files: Wagner & Beethoven

Friday, 31 May, 18:00 - MAK Lecture Hall


Based on the aesthetics and storytelling of a modern TV crime series, the cultural documentary series The Culture Files explores European culture for a young audience. As an introduction to the series, we bring you Richard Wagner and Ludwig van Beethoven across various different media: videos (90 and 52 minutes), printed graphic novels and apps. This modern way of presenting of historical facts creates a multifaceted, complex picture of these two musical geniuses. Comic animations and high-quality staged acting scenes make the TV series different from other culture documentaries.

The apps for smartphones and tablet computer combine the linear storyline of the graphic novels with additional materials such as music, photos, mini-games etc to offer an immersive user experience.
In cooperation with IMZ International Music + Media Centre in Vienna


Recorded: Wagner film shot in Bayreuth Munich, Dresden, Leipzig, Luzern, Zürich, Paris, 2012 : Beethoven film shot in Bonn, Vienna, 2013
Directors: Ralf Pleger, Hedwig Schmutte
Producer: Christian Beetz (Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion)
Videos, graphic novels and apps: Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion
Development funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Production funded by Mitteldeutschen Filmförderung, NRW Filmstiftung and MEDIA Programme
Duration: Wagner film 90’