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By Thierry Michel

Affiche de L'Empire du Silence

A film by Thierry Michel

A coproduction Les Films de la Passerelle / R.T.B.F. Secteur Documentaires / le Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles with the participation of Wallimage (la Wallonie) / la Coopération belge au Développement / l’ACAT - Action des chrétiens pour l'abolition de la torture / TV5MONDE VRT Vlaamse Radio - en Televisieomroeporganisatie in association with Shelter prod, with the support of, ING Dauvister Liege Airport / Bisanga With the support of tax shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique Co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union / NED National Endowment for Democracy

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For twenty-five years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been torn apart by a war largely ignored by the media and the international community. The victims number in the hundreds of thousands, even millions. The perpetrators of these crimes are countless: rebel movements, but also armies, those of the Congo and neighboring countries. Everyone seems caught in a daze of killings, for power, for money, to monopolize the riches of the Congo with complete impunity, in general indifference. Traveling the Congo with camera in hand for thirty years, Thierry Michel has witnessed the fighting, the suffering but also the hopes of the Congolese people. Relaying the plea of Doctor Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize winner, he retraces the sequences of this merciless violence which has ravaged and ruined the Congo for a quarter of a century.


Justice For Congo

Technical sheet
Year: 2022
Duration: 110'
language: French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Swedish 
Screenplay: Thierry Michel & Christine Pireaux
Direction: Thierry Michel
Cinematography: Thierry Michel
Sound: Cédric Mbongo
Editing: Idriss Gabel
Music: Michel Duprez, Gwenaël Mario Grisi & Ange Nawasadio
Production Director: Celine Rauw
Christine Pireaux - Les Films de la Passerelle 
Festival selections (20)

World Rebels Festival

African Diaspora Cinema Festival

Black Truth Film Festival

Cine Droit Libre


Festival of Liberties

African Film Festival

International Festival (Mannheim)

International Black Film Festival

Festival Internationale del Documentario Visioni Dal Mondo

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

JCC Carthage

The Baix International Film Festival

Mooov Film Festival

Ramdam Festival - Disturbing Film Festival

Views of Africa

Festival Internacional De Cine De Derechos Humanos 

Human Rights Week

Congo Week

The Magrittes of Cinema

Awards (7)

★ Festival des Révoltés du Monde: student jury prize 2023

★ CinéWa Audience Award 2022

★ Mannheim 2022: honorable mention

★ African Diaspora Cinema Festival: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

★ Honorable mention Black Truth Film Festival 2022

★ Tournai Ramdam Festival: 

Press and Critics Prize

Best Documentary Award

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