The director Djo Tunda wa Munga won six African Movie Academy Awards this year for this film, which will be released on the 10th of June 2011. Here’s trailer:
Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC’s capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get hold of a secret cache – barrels of fuel they can sell for a huge profit. Of course they’re not the only ones who want the stuff. Cesar is a ruthless, sharply dressed foreigner thriving in Kinshasa’s lawless streets. A female military officer joins the fray. Even the church will betray its tenets for a piece of the action. But Riva’s main nemesis is Azor, a crime boss in the classic style: big, decadent and brutal. He’s not a man to mess with, but his girlfriend, Nora, may just be the most seductive woman in all of DRC. Riva catches sight of her dancing at a nightclub and it’s not long before Nora matches the fuel cache as a coveted object of his lust.
Viva Riva! is unprecedented: a story set in contemporary Democratic Republic of the Congo full of intrigue, music and a surprisingly frank approach to sex. The movie offers a portrait of urban Africa too rarely seen on screen, showing crowded streets and steaming nightclubs and capturing the tangible atmosphere of DRC today. In the cast Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna, Marlene Longange, Alex Herabo and Diplome Amekindra.