Viva Riva!

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Viva Riva!
US film poster
Directed byDjo Tunda Wa Munga
Produced by
Written by
Edited by
  • Yves Langlois
  • Pascal Latil
Release date
  • 10 September 2010 (2010-09-10) (TIFF)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo

Viva Riva! is a 2010 Congolese crime thriller film written and directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga. Starring Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Fabrice Kwizera, Hoji Fortuna, Marlene Longage, Alex Herabo & Diplôme Amekindra,the film received 12 nominations and won 6 awards at the 7th Africa Movie Academy Awards.

This includes the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography & Best Production Design, a feat that made it the highest winning film in the history of the AMAA's till date.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] Viva Riva! also won at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards for Best African Movie.[9]


The film follows a fuel smuggler, Riva, after he brings a fuel shipment into Kinshasa.[6] Riva is pursued by an Angolan gangster, Cesar, who wants the fuel. Cesar uses blackmail to gain the help of a local military officer, the Commandant, who then accesses a local informant and church resources to aid Cesar's search. Meanwhile, Riva falls for Nora, the partner of a local gangster, Azor. Riva gains the trust of a local boy and uses his help to find Nora again. The conflicts turn out to be deadly for almost all the main characters.


  • Patsha Bay - Riva
  • Manie Malone - Nora
  • Hoji Fortuna - Cesar
  • Fabrice Kwizera - Jason
  • Marlene Longage - The Commandant
  • Alex Herabo
  • Diplôme Amekindra


Reviews has been very positive, It currently holds an 86% fresh rating based on 59 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes with a general description that "Vibrant and violent, Viva Riva is a stylish, fast-paced crime drama.".[10] It has a 65% rating on Metacritic based on 16 reviews.[11]


  1. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2011". African Movie Academy Awards. 28 March 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  2. ^ Osae-Brown, Funke (28 March 2011). "Congolese 'Viva Riva' wins Africa's best film award". The EastAfrican. Nairobi, Kenya. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  3. ^ "African Movie Academy Awards 2011". African Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 29 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  4. ^ Lee, Maggie (11 February 2011). "Viva Riva!: Berlin Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  5. ^ Lee, Maggie (17 February 2011). "Bold crime film is vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  6. ^ a b Meza, Ed (13 October 2010). "Music Box nabs 'Viva Riva!' in U.S." Variety. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Viva Riva! (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  8. ^ Enyimo, Martin (18 December 2010). "Le long métrage " Viva Riva " a inauguré la salle de projection de la Halle de la Gombe". (in French). AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
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  10. ^ "Viva Riva! Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Viva Riva! Reviews MetaCritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 31 January 2014.

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