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Mission Congo

  • Directed by: David Turner and Lara Zizic
  • USA, 2013, 65 minutes
  • In English, French, Kinyarwanda, and Chokwe with English subtitles
  • Southeast Premiere/2nd US Showing

What could possibly make genocidal horror, overrun cholera-infested refugee camps, volcanic-encrusted land, and mass starvation even worse? Insert a self-aggrandizing, sometimes-presidential-campaigning, old-widow-shake-down-artist of a TV minister… and put him in the African diamond mining business. Turns out that during the mass exodus provoked by the Rwanda genocide, Pat Robertson staged an elaborate “humanitarian” aid project—funded by loyal 700 Club watchers—called “Operation Blessing,” during which he claimed to be providing safety and salvation to the suffering. What really went on will curl your hair and send your chin into your popcorn while you watch the events unspool. Filmmakers Turner and Zizac, aided by journalists and former Robertson loyalists, perform a comprehensive investigation of one of the most galling and arrogant instances of fraud to ever hit the world stage. And the “operation” continues… tax-free. Want to donate? www.ob.org If you don’t go to heaven, don’t blame Pat. He’s on the way to the bank.

Preceded by

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

Young and courageous Syrians dodge bullets while they shoot coverage in an urban war zone… and wonder why they don’t have more support beyond their borders.