Vice celebrates its three Webby nominations at Nitehawk on Wednesday, April 25th (8pm) in our upstairs lobby! In the days leading up to the screening, Hatched gives you the scoop on their Vice Guide to Congo (nominated in the News and Politics: Individual Episode category), Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgzstan and The Rebels of Libya (both nominated in the Documentary: Individual Episode category).

It’s free and you’re all invited to attend. And please make your vote here!


The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world and thanks to an insanely complicated mix of politics, armed conflict, and corruption… it’s also one of the most under-reported. It also happens to be home to a nondescript black rock known as Coltan… a vital ingredient in the production of nearly every cell phone and computer on the planet. Without Coltan, our technology-driven lives would come to a screeching halt, and Congo has 80% of the world’s supply. Since the mid nineteen-nineties, armed groups have used these minerals to fund a series of fantastically complicated and horrifically violent wars.

Vice founder Suroosh Alvi travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo and makes one of the most grueling treks of his life to see first-hand where this so-called “conflict mineral” comes from and to meet some of the rebels involved in the seemingly never-ending conflict in Eastern Congo.

Read related article Heart of Bleakness | Watch the trailer here.  

Photography by Tim Freccia