Congo in Harlem

I was a panelist at this Mayles Institute event in Harlem on October 23:
Katanga Business
Dir. Thierry Michel, 2009, 120min.
Set in one of the world’s richest mining regions, Katanga Business is a riveting political and economic thriller that exposes some of the key actors in the scramble for Congo’s natural wealth. The impoverished residents of Katanga are pitted against a motley collection of individuals and multinationals all vying for a piece of the action, including a Belgian entrepreneur known as “The King of Katanga”, a Canadian CEO attempting to save an obsolete, state-run mine from bankruptcy; a Chinese businessman who just signed the mining contract of the century with the Congolese government; and a wealthy provincial governor, praised by the masses, who struggles to keep the situation from imploding.
Panel discussion with Peter Rosenblum (Professor of Human Rights Law at Columbia University), Howard French (former Senior Correspondent with The New York Times and Associate Professor at Columbia University School of Journalism), and Mvemba Phizo Dizolele (writer, foreign policy analyst and independent journalist) & closing night reception.

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