EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga talks 'Viva Riva!'

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 12:42
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Opening in theaters on June 10th is the Congolese crime thriller Viva Riva!, which won six African Movie Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Picture. The film features a gang war ingnited by a fuel crisis in Congo. The movie was directed by Congolese filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga, and stars Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna, Marlene Longage, Alex Herabo, and Diplome Amekindra. IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had an opportunity to sit down and speak with Viva Riva! director Djo Tunda Wa Munga about his new film, the process of making it, casting his actors, and the film's difficult subject matter.

To watch our exclusive interview with Djo Tunda Wa Munga about Viva Riva!, please click on the video player above.


Viva Riva! is the tale of Riva (Patscha Bay Mukuna), a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away, with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful nightclub denizen Nora (French actress Manie Malone in her screen debut), the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline.

Viva Riva! opens in theaters on June 10th.

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