Three street kids in the Eastern Congo — self-proclaimed gangsters — aimlessly bounce around their devastated city, living without rules or guidance. A troubling snapshot of war-torn lives, powerful images of children without families, but also a lively and defiant fantasy, playing somewhat like a hip-hop video without the track.
The leader of the crew is a kid named Patient, who calls himself the “Bill Gates Congo Man” because he only does “the big deals”. His mother was killed in war and now he lives in Goma, rapping in abandoned buildings, smoking cigarettes, and dancing drunk to Michael Jackson. His external world is strife but he insists on glorifying his dangerous life, “This world is not the world.” He wants to be a gangster forever.
A visually arresting tone piece, more music video than documentary, it makes no reference to the ravaged country outside of Patient and his crew. Its aim is to document singular lives, lost kids with captivating presences, amongst poverty and war. Resisting activist statement, the film is admirably headstrong, reflecting its fascinating child street gangster subjects. Runtime: 12:40 minutes. Directed by Theo Anthony (website). Produced by Allen Amani. Featuring Manu Bahiti "Patient" Jean Christophe, Guillain Paluku, David Muhindo. Featuring original music by Alex Zhang Hungtai of Dirty Beaches. Sound Design by Jack Goodman.