Aunel Arneth is a film director and Congolese pro-democracy activist who studied at the Académie de Beaux Arts of Brazzaville and Senegal’s Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis where he earned a master’s degree in film. Additionally, he received training in documentary screenwriting through residencies with filmmakers Jean-Marie Barbe and Jean-François Hautin. His two documentaries, Keep Quiet or Die and Blood and Voting Machines, bring to light police repression and crimes of the state perpetrated in the Republic of Congo and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Aunel began his professional career at MNTV and African24, two television channels based respectively in Brazzaville and Dakar before creating his own production company Cinema for Peace and Democracy. His films received financial support from the National Endowment for Democracy. Keep Quiet or Die served as a campaign tool for the international NGOs Act Together for Human Rights, Tournons la page, and the Congolese Human Rights Observatory about violence during election season in the Republic of Congo. Currently, Aunel is an Artist Protection Fund (APF) Fellow in residence at the University of Pittsburgh. He is now working on the subject of Congolese money laundering in the U.S.