Filming Congolese Culture
Where can I go filming Congolese culture in the Congo? The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country rich in culture and history, with numerous tribes. Although certain practices in Congo might be common in other African countries, most remain common only to Congolese people. There are different customs and customs that you don’t need to miss, especially when filming in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The highlights of Congolese culture that are interesting for filming include the sharing of drinks with ancestors and other cultural traditions. Most of the people who stay in Congo speak Kishwali, and others speak French. This differs from different provinces within the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo has over 250 ethnic groups, and these people speak over 200 languages. These people are referred to as the Bakongo, and they are not very tall, and they have an attachment to the forest.
While in the Democratic Republic of Congo, you will need to appreciate the different languages that are spoken in the country, notably Tshiluba and Lingali. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Catholics are the most numerous, followed by Protestants and then Muslims. What is interesting about filing culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo is that it’s best to film the culture when people are in their natural kikongo or lingala settings and in their natural local places. The locations of filming culture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be determined by your interests. You can choose to film culture in the Ituri Forest, Congo Basin Region, or Congo Village, among several areas of interest. What you need to do is to contact Africa adventure vacations for the best selection and arrangement of your Congo filming safaris.
What can appear in your filming mix?
In Congo, people are being filmed while drinking with their ancestors. Although most individuals no longer perform this ceremony in the twenty-first century, many people are nonetheless extremely familiar with it. It is a gesture of respect to share a drink with your forefathers. For example, at a traditional Congolese wedding, the bride’s father or grandpa spills traditional beer known as “cham-cham” on the ground. This is a way of sharing the drink with the ancestors so that they can join the family in celebrating. It is also stated that by doing so, you are paying respect to your ancestors, and as a result, they will keep a close eye on you on the other side. It is so much fun for you to have these cultural moments.
shooting moments of the child’s baby teeth thrown on the roof of the house; As a child grows, he or she loses his or her deciduous, or milk teeth, in order for the super-durable teeth to develop. Nobody knows about this, and in many countries, the tooth is placed beneath a pad for the tooth pixie to gather around nightfall time. When a youngster in Congo loses a tooth, the guardians collect it and hurl it on top of the roof. It is widely acknowledged that this habit must be broken in order for the child’s teeth to develop normally once more.
Capturing moments with head shakes rather than handshakes; handshakes are still a popular way to greet someone in the Congo, but they are not as common. When two guys meet in Congo, they can outperform one another by scouring their skulls against one another, one next to the other. This greeting is only used by men of a specific ethnic group. It is also unlawful for women to be welcomed in this manner.
Shooting moments for “la presentation.” If a man isn’t ready to marry his girlfriend but still wants to show her and her family love, he can organize a “la presentation.” The performance is a service that consists of a man introducing himself to the family of the lady he is dating and delivering gifts to the family as a way of requesting the lady’s parents’ permission to date their daughter, but the occasion is not a wedding. It is usually done if the man being referred to cannot bear the thought of addressing a lady at the hour of cost. The “lady value” function is, in fact, the same as the wedding service and can cost thousands of francs. If the man isn’t financially stable, it’s a good idea to introduce himself to the lady’s parents and get their approval for the relationship.
What is the cost of filming Congolese Culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
All visitors going to film culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo must obtain valid filming permits. If you’re filming for personal use, you will just need to pay the park entrance fees and then the fees and do the activity, while if you’re filming for commercial purposes or a documentary, it will be the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature that will issue the filming permit, depending on which destination you’re going to do the filming from. But generally, you will need to pay the park entrance fees and then a percentage levied for filming, as it will be well explained by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature. We engage with the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature to ensure that we get for you the right and affordable Congo filming permit.
What do you need for filming Congolese Culture?
The first requirement is to obtain filming permits and clearance.
For any related filming activity to be done in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially filming the Congolese culture in Congo, all the filming crew members have and possess the filming permits, which are provided with permission by the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order for you to continue with your Congolese culture filming. Other than the filming permits, you will also need to have your filming equipment cleared at any point of entry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whether through the international airport or by using the land borders. The filming equipment is supposed to be cleared by the customs department, which is always stationed at the point of entry.
Therefore, as Africa Adventure Vacations, this is where we can help you a lot. By merely informing us of your intentions to film the Congolese culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we are very experienced in organizing for you the whole adventure activity, including processing for you the filming permits required, organizing for you the accommodation facilities, transportation, help in obtaining for you the local authorities’ permits, as well as aiding you in clearing your filming equipment with the customs department of the Democratic Republic of Congo at your point of entry.
With the Democratic Republic of Congo filming procedures, there is no formal process for the filming permits allocation, and thus this is handled by negotiations between the parties, and at Africa Adventure Vacations, we are experienced in doing this. Also, the DR.Congo government doesn’t authorize filming in the areas of interest, especially filming the military installation projects, filming of government buildings, as well as filming along the border areas, and this is illegal, and you may be penalized in the courts of law or even have your equipment confiscated. If you want to do filming that will require you to shoot using drones, market filming, or filming alongside the road whereby you will inconvenience traffic, such as filming in the cities or in national parks, then you will also need to get permission from the local authorities. To avoid inconveniences, you will need to contact Africa Adventure Vacations so that we can advise you accordingly when to do the Congolese culture in Congo.
Visas and work permits are required as part of the second requirement.
As you are aware, it is illegal to enter another country without a visa. It is important that all the film crew members obtain the visa to be allowed into the DR. Congo. For the neighboring Congo countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda, you can get the visa immediately on arrival. For the DR Congo Visa, it’s a different story. Rather, you must apply for the visa in advance through your nearby DR Congo Embassy. The single entry visa in Congo costs $100 and is valid for one month. The one valid for two months costs $135, while for the one valid for six months, you will need to pay $400. The important thing to note is that the DR. Congo Visa will need to be applied for in advance, about 3 weeks or a month before your planned dates of travel to Congo for the filming, since this visa cannot be issued on arrival as it is in its neighboring countries. The film crew members will not be allowed to enter the Democratic Republic of Congo to film the Congolese culture in Congo without a visa. Another document here is the yellow fever vaccination card, and thus, please contact us at Africa Adventure Vacations for the best filming opportunities in the DR. Congo.
Requirement 3: In order to film the culture of Congo, you must hire vehicles.
Yes, at Africa Adventure Vacations, we make sure that we make transport arrangements for you such that when you are in the Democratic Republic of Congo for filming, you don’t get stranded. We have got our own fleet of cars, and we book and arrange the vehicle services for the film crew members depending on their interests, budgets, and the terrain of the area that is going to be filmed. For the film crew members going to film in the rough terrain, we advise them to use the 44-wheel-drive vehicle that will be able to navigate the hilly terrain. We shall be able to tell you how much it cost in terms of the furl and the mileage covered in order to determine how much you will spend on the vehicle per day. Africa Adventure Vacations also organizes both chartered and scheduled flights within the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially for visitors who are interested in flying and do not have the time to drive long distances on the road.
Our hired vehicles will be manned by a well-experienced driver guide who has been to the Democratic Republic of Congo and knows all the corners of the country from the point of arrival up to the cultural sites and cultural villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The driver fixer will be able to share with you the basic information about the Democratic Republic of Congo and will give you all the solutions required when it comes to film fixing, so you are lucky to book you’re the Congolese culture filming safaris with Africa Adventure Vacations.
Is cultural filming in the Congo safe?
It is very safe. Well, we all know that over recent years, DR. Congo has been affected by instabilities that have threatened investors as well as the tourism industry in the country. Such instabilities and disasters have come because of Ebola and other rebellion conflicts that have halted the filming process in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, as of recently, the Congo has returned to peace, with only a few cases of insecurity, and the filming industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is safe and thriving, so we can assure you that filming culture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is safe. At Africa Adventure Vacations, we keep tracking and monitoring any security threats from time to time, and we are very cautious in that anytime we feel a threat, we can let you know. This advisory service is always given before the cultural filming starts. Always contact us at African Adventure Vacations for more information.
Where to stay in Congo for cultural filming?
The film crew members doing the cultural filming in Congo will have to choose some of the lodging options from luxury, budget, and midrange lodges and hotels. You can stay at La Trompette hotel, Flat Petit Zoo, Hotel Kisangani, Plaza hotel, New Cosmos hotel, among other lodges. We will help you book and reserve any lodge of your choice. We also have tented camps where you can stay at your destination, which is very interesting and also gives you a wonderful experience.
When is the best time to film cultural documentaries in the Congo?
Filming culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo is done throughout the year. However, it has been established that the best time to film culture is during the dry season, which lasts from June to October and then from December to February. The Democratic Republic of Congo is covered with tropical rain forest and this has influenced the country to experience the tropical rain climate, meaning that at times you can also experience certain rains unexpectedly. Therefore, you need to prepare accordingly for the changing weather conditions.
Why should you book cultural filming in the Congo with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa Adventure Vacations is a local company based in Uganda but operates in East African countries that include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and South Africa, and we have over 10 years’ experience in aiding filming and production companies, especially those interested in filming nature-related wildlife and the culture of Africa. We provide services such as booking for the filming permits, clearing of the filming equipment, booking for the accommodation facilities, organizing transportation to the filming companies, all in the shortest period of time. We organize other wildlife packages to all of the above-mentioned countries, including gorilla packages to Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Therefore, you should not hesitate to choose us to be your film fixers in East Africa.