New Release: Viva Riva! DVD

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Patsha Bay Mukuna is a small-time hood looking for his shot in Viva Riva!

Music Box Films Home Entertainment released the thriller Viva Riva!, the first film from the Democratic Republic of Congo to ever receive a major release in theaters in the U.S., on DVD on Sept. 27, 2011, for a list price of $29.95.

Written and directed by first-time narrative feature film helmer Djo Tunda Wa Munga, the movie tells the steamy tale of the ambitious small-time hood Riva (Patsha Bay Mukuna), who returns to his frantic, corrupt hometown of Kinshasa after a decade-long absence. All he has is a pocketful of cash and a stash of stolen gasoline, a commodity in the Congo.

It doesn’t take too long before Riva gets involved with a bunch of shady but alluring characters, including a local gangster (Diplome Amekindra) looking to move up in the world, his slinky, always-game girlfriend (Manie Malone), and a vicious Angolan crime lord (Hoji Fortuna) who’s searching for the dude who stole his gasoline. Is it any surprise that everyone’s got an agenda of their own?

The winner of six African Academy Awards in 2011, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor, as well as a 2011 MTV Movie Award for Best African Film, Viva Riva! was screened in the U.S.’s top 50 markets this past year.

Presented in French and Lingala with English subtitles, the DVD includes an interview with the director and a film about aids in the Congo as bonus features.

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