Led by Mike Ramsdell and prominent leaders of North and South Kivu, Fidel Bafilemba and Amani Matabaro, Socent's CEO-founder Justin Bastian journeyed more than 25 thousand miles from Cleveland, OH through eastern Congo to listen and learn from prominent leaders of Congo's Civil Society, peace movement, and wildlife conservation. As a result of Justin's authenticity, passion, and creative vision, Socent's WORLD GAME FOR PEACE received the "Lumumba Blessing" from leaders of North and South Kivu and is being developed in working solidarity with Congo’s struggle for peace.
Socent Studios was selected by Ohio's largest major newspaper The Plain Dealer (PD) as a Top 5 Northeast Ohio Disruptor for 2018. Due to this honor Socent produced RUST BELT RENAISSANCE (RBR) for press distribution and introduce Congo to Northeast Ohio audiences. RBR was selected to the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival and the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.
Socent Studios journeyed to eastern Congo to learn more about YOLE!AFRICA and other inspiring institutions. Yole!Africa is a cultural center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that provide youth the space, skills and alternative education necessary to thrive despite the conflict in the region. This Socent short was presented at the Oxford Union in 2017 by Fred Bauma of LUCHA RDC and Western Congolese peace activist and actor, Robin Wright.
While listening and learning in eastern Congo from prominent Congolese peace, Civil Society, and conservation leaders including LUCHA RD Congo (fight for change). After listening to their stories and learning of their unspeakable struggle Socent Justin made a promise to Congolese leaders atop Virunga's active startovolcano, Mount Nyiragongo. On April 2, 2018 Justin kept his promise and Socent Studios lit Northeast OH's iconic Terminal Tower the colors of Congo's flag (3x). CLE4DRC was selected to the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.