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A haunting window into a deeply anarchic world too-rarely glimpsed.
McCabe and his editor, Alyse Ardell Spiegel, sketch out a searing abbreviated history of the country, one of several flourishes distinguishing a film that's brisk in metabolism but rich in urgent incident.
There is much to admire here, but the sheer scope of the subject matter might be even better served by the capaciousness of a mini-series.
It's harrowing footage, raw and intimate; its opposite is the jubilant bustle of the liberated city, of a people ecstatic that, for a while, their normal will be less deadly.
There's a lot of ravaged ground to cover here, and editor Alyse Ardell Spiegel does well to compress these differing, sometimes opposing, perspectives into an efficient encapsulation that won't bewilder viewers unfamiliar with the Congolese crisis.
A war documentary without a clear target audience.
This is Congo paints a rich, and often brutal, picture of a country doomed to failure and repetition.
It's a stark and unsettling truth that "This Is Congo" manages to flesh out thoroughly enough to make up for its flaws elsewhere.
This epic, tragically devastating documentary not only puts human faces on Congo's seemingly endless cycle of corruption and violence but investigates what lies behind it.
Perhaps, though, only a longer, more detailed account could properly live up to the film's assertive title: in this version, the wider geopolitical picture is treated skimpily. Still, the first-hand footage is riveting.
A difficult, depressing watch.
It's hard-hitting and often harrowing...
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