The Congo Tribunal

Program Information

Genre / City Documentary film / Germany, Switzerland
Dates 27 April at 15:00, 28 April at 15:00
Venue At Audio Visual Hall, Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center “GRANSHIP”
Duration 100 minutes
Language In French with English and Japanese subtitles
seat Non-reserved seating
Written and directed by Milo RAU
Production Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH, Langfilm / Bernard Lang AG


An extraordinary piece of experimental theatre born of one of the world’s great ongoing tragedies, this documentary-style work by Milo RAU may yet even affect reality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

With killings and ethnic conflicts continuing in that vast country where wars raged from 1996–2003, the 42-year-old Swiss director is again using drama to shed light on what’s really happening. This time, though — unlike his 2011 play “Hate Radio” about 1994’s Rwandan genocide (a masterpiece staged in the World Theatre Festival Shizuoka 2013) — he addresses the Congo situation through a mock court he set up there and filmed as residents near the site of a massacre, along with survivors, offenders, lawyers and ordinary citizens, told their stories. Although RAU’s film carries no formal weight, its many showings across the country are helping to fuel calls for legal accountability for such crimes — calls likely to be echoed here, too, when Shizuoka audiences get to see “The Congo Tribunal.”


More than 6 million people died in the second Congo War from 1998–2003, and to this day the killing goes on. During one of his visits to the country, RAU went to the site of a massacre for which no one has ever been put on trial. As a result, he decided to use theatre to create a mock court to examine the situation. However, he didn’t just invite local people to attend, but also the governor of the state, the Minister of Home Affairs, a lawyer for an international mining company, human rights judges and one from the International Criminal Court. Afterwards, RAU staged and filmed the mock court again in Berlin. In the course of these proceedings he staged, RAU’s “The Congo Tribunal” gradually reveals the true reasons for the massacres, their links to land sales to international companies, and to environmental pollution.

Director’s Profile

© Hannes Schmid

Milo RAU
The Swiss director and author Milo RAU (*1977 in Bern) studied sociology, German and Romance languages and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich under Pierre BOURDIEU and Tzvetan TODOROV, among others. Since 2002, he has put out over 50 plays, films, books and actions. His productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals, including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d’Avignon, the Venice Biennale Teatro, the Wiener Festwochen and the Brussels Kunstenfestival, and have toured more than 30 countries worldwide. RAU has received many honors, most recently the Peter-Weiss-Prize 2017, the 3sat-Prize 2017, the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lecture ship for Drama and, in 2016, the prestigious World Theatre Day ITI Prize, of which he is the youngest winner, following such artists as Frank CASTORF, Pina BAUSCH, George TABORI, Heiner GOEBBELS and Christoph MARTHALER. In 2016, “Five Easy Pieces” became the first non-Belgian production to be selected for the Belgian Theatre Critics’ Special Jury Award, and was also invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2017. Milo RAU will assume the directorship of the NTGent beginning in the 2018/19 season.

Cast / Staff

JURY BERLIN: Colette BRAECKMAN, Saran Kaba JONES, Wolfang KALECK, Saskia SASSEN, Marc-Antoine Vumilia MUHINDO, Harald WELZER
and many more.

Written and directed by Milo RAU
Director of photography: Thomas SCHNEIDER
Dramaturgy and editing: Katja DRINGENBERG
Research and casting: Eva-Maria BERTSCHY
Sound: Marco TEUFEN, Jens BAUDISCH
Music: Marcel VAID
Sound design & mixing: Guido KELLER
Creative producer: Sebastian LEMKE
Producers: Arne BIRKENSTOCK, Olivier ZOBRIST

Subtitle translation: HIRANO Akihito

Production: Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH, Langfilm/ Bernard Lang AG

Co-production: IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRG SSR and ZDF in collaboration with ARTE

Film supported by Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK) Schweiz, BKM-Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kanton St.Gallen Kultur-förderung-Swisslos, Zürcher Filmstiftung, DFFF-Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Migros-Kulturprozent, Volkart Stiftung


Please refrain from taking infants to the ordinary seats.

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