Mark your calendars for the United States release of a groundbreaking new feature film.
Heart of Africa is based on the true story of a former revolutionary in the DR-Congo who became a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is a tale of self-discovery, brotherhood, and redemption. It is one of only a few feature films made by a fully Congolese team in the Congo.
This film is a cinematic breakthrough—the first Congolese-American co-production of a feature film, and one of the first produced and filed entirely in the Democratic republic of the Congo by a Congolese film team. Learn more about the movie and how you can support this effort here.
Heart of Africa Synopsis:
Gabriel Ngandu is a young Congolese revolutionary running from the terrible mistakes of his past. His journey of escape leads him to new experiences and even a new religion that challenges long-held beliefs about his destiny and world around him. He finds himself torn between the influences and expectations of two very different father figures- Mwabila, his revolutionary leader, and President Kabasubabu, his new religious leader.
Called to serve as a missionary, he is sent back to his native village to build an orphanage with Jason Martin, an American who also has a tragic and secret past. Together, they struggle to understand and overcome their histories, cultures, and prejudices to serve the people around them.
Caught between enmity and reconciliation, revenge or forgiveness, intolerance or understanding, they begin to see the potential for a better; more peaceful future for themselves and for the Congo. Worlds finally collide when explosions rock the new orphanage and Kabasubabu is kidnapped by Mwabila’s revolutionaries. Gabriel is faced with choosing between the two different worlds of these father figures… or finding his own path toward a new world inspired by understanding and redemption.
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