I Saw It on Netflix: VIVA RIVA

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Action fans looking for something a little different should check out Viva Riva,  an American-style crime thriller shot on the streets of Kinshasa.

viva - poster

If the name of the city sounds familiar you may be associating it with 1974’s  Muhammad Ali – George Foreman heavyweight bout  (focus of  1996’s documentary classic When We Were Kings) and/or the music festival that accompanied it  (dubbed “the black Woodstock” and featuring James Brown, B.B. King, The Spinners and many others, the show is captured on the potent 2008 doc Soul Power. )

The region has gone through several name changes over the years. Currently it is known as  The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Congolese-born filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga, who wrote, directed and produced the flick, is apparently a fan of 1970s blaxploitation movies. However, this  film  has a look and feel all its own. 

Writer/director Djo Munga Writer/director Djo Munga

The exotic setting is…

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