Based on a true story, "The Nun's Story" is basically a movie about a young woman (Hepburn, as Sister Luke) who struggles with her decision to become a nun. The movie is set in the years prior to and during WWII, and it was made in 1959. Most of the movie takes place in Belgium, but about a fifth of the movie is set in the Belgian Congo (later Zaire, now Congo again), where Sister Luke is sent to work as a nurse in a hospital -- her desired assignment all along, but one that she had to wait for. There she works with a brillant but difficult doctor (Peter Finch) who has his own demons to battle. Their strained relationship is the emotional crux of the story.
It is this portion of the movie that may be of interest to Africanists. The scenes set in Congo were filmed there, evidently in Kisangani. There is something of a documentary quality to much of this part of the film: Congolese people at work and play, life around a missionary hospital, colonial officials and uniformed native soldiers, colonial architecture, etc. It is really a sort of window on the past, and while the movie is not about the Belgian Congo, it does give a good idea of what part of the Belgian Congo looked like, and what life was like for the urban inhabitants in the Belgian Congo. As far as I know, this is the only movie you are likely to find in your local video store that has anything like that. Recommended for anyone interested in African history; and the part about the nun and the ex-pat doctor makes a pretty good movie.