This week, I finally purchased and watched Steve Fisher’s “Congo: The Grand Inga Project”. The film chronicles Fisher and his team’s expedition to kayak the Grand Inga Falls, which are the world’s largest rapids and have sometimes even been considered the world’s largest waterfall. Fisher’s attempt at the rapids comes after a series of failed attempts by Europeans going all the way back to Henry Morton Stanley in 1877.
While the film does leave a somewhat sour taste of continued European attempts at domination (even of nature) in Africa and of gross oversimplification of Congolese history and politics, watching these white guys try to survive the mammoth Congo is quite entertaining. Just remember: never eat chicken sold on the street.