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Congo an Irish Affair (2011)

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Synopsis

Republic of Congo, July 1960. The United Nations embarks on the biggest peacekeeping mission in its history with 20,000 soldiers from 30 countries.

One year later, the UN Secretary General has been killed and its forces under attack. The future of the organization is at stake.

At the centre of the storm are the 155 soldiers of A Company, 35th Battalion of the Irish Army and their commander, Commandant Pat Quinlan,

Under siege from forces determined to rip the Congo and the UN apart, the fate of the UN is in their hands.
The eyes of the world are on Katanga, fabulously wealthy breakaway province, controlled by white European colonists, mercenaries and gaint mining companies. After the Prime Minister of the Congo Patrice Lumumba was murdered by the Katangese, the UN determined to bring the breakaway province back to Congo. Thousands of UN soldiers including hundreds of Irish troops poured into the breakaway province. In September 1961 the UN went to war against Katangese troops and white mercenares. Things went dramatically and drastically wrong from the beginning.

This film tells the story of how the Cold War spread its tentacles to Africa.

Production_company
akajava films
Genre
Politics/History/War
Official_selections Jameson Dublin Film Festival
Galway Film Fleadh
Kerry Film festival
Waterford Imagine Arts festival
Contacts
Production Company: akajava films
tel: +35312865626
email:
web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Akajava-Films/183972484972803
Director: Brendan Culleton
Producer: Brendan Culleton
Director: Irina Maldea
Producer: Irina Maldea
Editor: Irina Maldea
Photography: Sorin Chivuleascu
Composer: Steve Lynch Stellarsound
Running Time: 91'
Irish Locations: Ardmore Studios
Financiers: Irish Film Board, BAI, TG4
Status: Theatrical release Sept 11
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