Spotlight Tour Dates: July 27-31, 2020
Salt Lake City – Filmmakers Tshoper Kabambi and Brandon Ray Olive, in collaboration with Deseret Book and Excel Entertainment announced today their award-winning, groundbreaking film HEART OF AFRICA will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Friday, July 17. The DVD & Blu-ray will be available at all Deseret Book locations, online and at additional retailers throughout the United States. HEART OF AFRICA had its theatrical debut earlier this year, but its run in theatres was cut short due to COVID-19-related theatre closures.
HEART OF AFRICA tells the incredible story of Gabriel Ngandu, a young Congolese revolutionary trying to escape the terrible mistakes of his past. His journey leads him to completely new experiences and even a new religion – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – but leaves him torn between the influences of two completely different father figures – Mwabila; his revolutionary leader, and President Kabasubabu; his new religious leader. Called as a missionary by his new church, Ngandu is sent back to his home village to help build an orphanage with his mission companion from Idaho, Jason Martin, who also has a tragic, secret past.
“HEART OF AFRICA is such an important film from a Black filmmaker who has dedicated almost everything to create and present it,” said Arthur VanWagenen, product director for Excel Entertainment and Deseret Book. “Kabambi’s devotion to share this story can’t be overstated. In a true example of life imitating art, the film’s message of overcoming adversity by placing our lives in the Lord’s hands is now happening in real life for Tshoper.
He came to the United States for the film’s release, and because of the pandemic, Tshoper has been unable to return to his family in the Congo.”
HEART OF AFRICA is the first ever Congolese-American production of a feature film and was written by Tshoper Kabambi and Margaret Blair Young. The film was produced by Bruce Young, Margaret Blair Young, Tshoper Kabambi, Ephraim Faith Byikana, and Deborah Basa. Sponsors include Bimpa Production, Congo Rising Corporation, and Heart of Africa LLC.
Proceeds from the film will generate funds for humanitarian work and aid in the Congo, primarily in health and innovative education to assist the people of the Congo in becoming more self-reliant. In addition, proceeds will be used to help revitalize the film and cinema industry in the Congo.
For more information on HEART OF AFRICA, visit heartofafricafilm.com.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Heart of Africa is based on a true story of a prominent young African man's sudden loss, escape, then search for who he really is. He seeks food and shelter but comes to accept much more.
This is a drama portraying some of the emotions, attitudes and events which occurred, leading him to his true self-discovery.
Heart of Africa is an authentic African story portrayed using the actual language of the tribes.. There is some English in the second half of the movie but the bulk of the story has captions in English translation.
The story is very interesting as a whole, but there are slots of time sometimes missing before the next scene I was slightly confusing and felt incomplete.
Another slight issue I had - which could be easily corrected - is the amount of time allowed t read some of the translation. I am not a really fast reader, neither am I a slow reader. the were several times I couldn't read the caption before the next scene was on screen. It is hard for me to truly appreciate a film if I have to concentrate on reading the captions, therefore missing viewing most of the scenes.
Still, the story was very interesting and uplifting, the pictures of the country and culture were beautiful and a "wake up call" to those of us who live in a more affluent country with modern conveniences.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This video link was gifted me with no pressure for giving a positive review. This is my honest review.
REVIEW by VICKIE:
Heart Of Africa- Video
I love that this is about a true story from the Congo rising, a real event.
It has a great message. No matter where we live, the Lord is there with us.
Gabriel had such strength and worked hard to get through his mission and to make an impact on everyone around him. The hard things in his life and the life of his companion, Jason Martin, were the things they needed to work through. It is a wonderful story. I recommend everyone see it.
I rate this video very high. It has something everyone can learn from.
written by vickie
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