The Congo Tribunal


For more than 20 years the inexplicable civil war in Congo has turned the territory into a hell that has claimed more than six million lives. Director Milo Rau manages to gather victims, perpetrators, observers and analysts in a symbolic tribunal organized especially for the documentary in eastern Congo. Filmed by seven cameras in front of 1,000 spectators, The Congo Tribunal is an impossible film, and yet, it exists.

Many see this conflict as one of globalisation’s crucial economic distribution battles because the country has major deposits of raw materials needed to develop high-technology. While the First World closes its eyes and the perpetrators remain unpunished, the population suffers all the effects of the conflict. A raw depiction of the biggest and bloodiest economic war in the history of humanity.


Milo Rau 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 created over 50 plays, films, and books. His productions have appeared in all 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.



  • Semaine de la Critique, Locarno Festival, Switzerland, 2017
  • DOK Leipzig, Alemanya, 2017. Honorable Mention (International Competition)
  • Zürcher Filmpreis, Switzerland, 2017, Zürcher Filmpreis Award
  • IFF Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2018
  • CPH DOX, Denmark, 2018
The Congo Tribunal | Edition 2018, Official Section - What the Doc

The Congo Tribunal

Milo Rau

Germany, Switzerland (2017)



Languages: French, English, German, Swahili, Lingala



With the support of:

Goethe Institute





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