About Heart of Africa

Heart of Africa

A Congolese man runs from a terrible accident and finds himself at a revolutionary camp, where he is told that he has a great destiny. He tries to escape and start a new life by going to another town, joining a new religion, and becoming a missionary. Ultimately, though, he finds himself back in the very place he had tried to leave. He must face his fears and his shame—but also his magnificent possibilities.

Heart of Africa is the first full-length, faith-based film to come out of the nascent Democratic Republic of Congo film movement. After decades of colonial oppression and civil war, the country’s scars run deep. Cinema is emerging as a cathartic new medium, and director Tshoper Kabambi is a leader of a new kind of revolution: one driven by stories that he hopes will heal the hearts of his people and the DR Congo.

My review

It’s always interesting to learn about what some one else thinks or has gone through. This movie shows what one man in Africa did to learn about the church. And how he changed and grew because of it.

I liked the movie. It’s plot is interesting and it kept me captivated. It’s a drama and there were a few moments of intensity that could be scary for younger viewers.

One thing about this movie is that the whole thing is in the language of the DR Congo. I could understand bits and pieces actually, I think it might be a language based on French. But the movie has plenty of subtitles. I thought that the subtitles were well done. There was plenty of time to read them, and they were in short bursts. If that makes sense.

I really liked the way the main character, Gabriel, was put with an American companion, who he couldn’t stand. But Gabriel and his companion eventually learned to love each other through their shared experiences and their commonalities that they didn’t think they had at first.

This movie shows us all that we can learn to love those around us. Even when it seems as though we have nothing in common.

I was sent a link to watch Heart of Africa for free. All opinions are my own.

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