About the film

In the midst of the most recent cycle of conflict in the DRC, four Congolese share their perspectives on the complicated terrain that has shaped their lives.

About the team

Daniel McCabe (Director, Producer, DP) is a New York based photographer and director. His work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times, BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN among others. This is Congo is Daniel’s first feature-length documentary.

Geoff McLean (Producer) has produced hundreds of commercial and music video projects, having worked with artists such as Prince, Rihanna, Drake, The Weeknd, Kanye, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey and with clients such as Jeep, Mercedes, Volvo, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Adidas, AT&T, Samsung, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Powerade and Budweiser. In 2010 Geoff was nominated for a Grammy for his work on Feists “1,2,3,4” which went on to become recognized as an essential work in Canadian Cinema History by TIFF. He has also served as an Executive Producer on short films such as Code 8, which broke crowd-funding records raising over $1.7m USD on Indiegogo and feature films such as Extraterrestrial and Grave Encounters, which both premiered at Tribecca Film Festival and were sold in 80+ countries. Along with This is Congo, Geoff also produced Hondros, a feature documentary which premiered at Tribecca Film Festival in 2017, winning the audience award. Hondros was acquired by Bold Films and Executive Produced by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Alyse Ardell Spiegel (Editor, Producer) is an award-winning documentary film, television and commercial editor based in New York. Her credits include Joe Berlinger’s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (HBO), which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Academy Awards. Her first feature as an editor, the award-winning Crude, also directed by Berlinger, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Her other feature work includes The Project (2013 Tribeca Film Festival) and Unraveled (Showtime). Spiegel’s television credits include the Emmy-nominated series Oprah’s Masterclass (OWN), Demi Lovato: Stay Strong (MTV), and Tope Ten Monks (HBO). A fluent Spanish speaker, she has worked in Cuba, South Africa, and across North America.

Horeb Bulambo Shindano (Field Producer) is a communications specialist, reporter and filmmaker. Horeb attended College Mwanga, majoring in Literature and Philosophy, and the Uganda School of Media, majoring in Photography and Video Production. He has worked for the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund World Vision as a Communications Officer, specializing in hostile environments, MONUSCO (UN peacekeeping mission to the DR Congo) as lead television reporter and as a field producer for numerous news and media organizations including National Geographic, New York Times, Vice News, CNN and Netflix. Horeb has directed and produced over 10 films including Racial Prejudice which won Best Narrative Film in 2008 at the Picha Film Festival in Lubumbashi, DRC. Horeb is the father of three, speaks eight languages including French, English, and Latin and has worked in every major DRC conflict zone since 1996.

This is Congo is a Cinereach grantee.

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