A Portrait of the Democratic Republic of the Congo exhibits the work of photographer Jonathan Laurence and the non-profit organization The REEL Project. All proceeds from this book will be donated towards The REEL Project's ongoing community development programs, assisting thousands of Congolese people with the tools to rebuild their lives with dignity and respect. Each photograph tells a unique story of strength and dignity in a post-conflict area of the Congo now recovering from the devastation of Africa's World War. The book presents an inspiring portrait of a troubled, yet vibrant and hopeful country.
The REEL Project (TRP) is dedicated to connecting people and transforming lives through art, technology, information and opportunity. Our first mandate is to produce humanitarian films and media projects for various populations in need in post-conflict areas of the developing world. We work towards creating culturally relevant films that not only provide information, but that are also engaging works of art that promote global awareness. In addition to our use of media for humanitarian purposes, we work to support the creative ideas, educational initiatives, and business aspirations of local people in the communities where we film. Our second mandate is thus to assist such communities through the provision of various loans and grants, and through the facilitation of international partnerships, connections, and opportunities that promote local development.