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Kinshasa’s Cowboys and today’s cinema orphans | Cecilia Zoppelletto | TEDxCaserta
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In a city of 10 million people in the heart of Africa, a generation of cowboys ruled a part of town and dreamed of power and freedom. Inspired by the silver screen, the Kinshasa Cowboys known as Indubills and Yankees, triggered a new perception of the population until then colonised. The cowboys imagined their people strong, courageous and able to choose its own adventures. But the cinemas are not there anymore, Kinshasa has lost all its cinema theatre and its Yankees. Who killed the cowboys? How did this generation change the Congo of the 50s and 60s to lay the foundations of a new identity?

Cecilia started her production career as producer at RAI’s London news desk in 2005. From 2008 to 2011 she has worked for the Italian network Antenna Tre Nordest, where she wrote, produced and hosted a number of programs; from art and culture to daytime talk shows. Coming back to London, she became the features editor for the Nigerian lifestyle magazine Away Luxury. She obtained an MA in Film Studies from the University of Westminster. Her thesis was on the disappearance of cinemas in the Democratic republic of Congo, which lead her to go on to write, produce and direct the feature documentary on cinema culture in Kinshasa La Belle At The Movies (2015). Cecilia is a doctoral researcher at the University of Westminster, London, where with the Africa Media Centre she is investigating the national TV archives of the DRC.

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