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A FILM BY RENAUD BARRET
Genre: Documentary | Runtime: 95 min | Language: French with English Subtitles
Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a vast, chaotic mega-city of 12 million. Water is privatized and the electric grid is capricious. Here, street artists’ performances are wildly creative, angry, irreverent, often shocking. With names like Kong Astronaute, Strombo, and Kill Bill, they masterfully repurpose urban detritus (computer parts, TV sets, bullet shells, machetes) and work with fire and paint, wax and blood — to critique government corruption, Western exploitation (their nation was literally once the private property of Belgium’s King Léopold II), and entrenched poverty. SYSTEM K reveals a vibrant, raw, politically astute world of performance art the likes of which exist nowhere else on earth.
"A lively, cogent, unsettling documentary about the incredible art world roiling in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo"
- Glenn Kenny
"This eye-opening and often eye-popping exposé tracks an emerging wave of Congolese creators whose vibrant, sometimes disturbing works are far more provocative than the kind of street art...at Christie’s or Sotheby’s"
- Jordan Mintzer
A FILM BY NICOLAS CHAMPEAUX AND GILLES PORTE
Genre: Documentary | Runtime: 106 mins | Language: French with English Subtitles
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison.
In the historic Rivonia Trial of1963 and 1964, Nelson Mandela took center stage. Yet, there were eight others who, like him, faced the death sentence for daring to challenge South Africa’s apartheid regime. Unreleased and recently recovered archival recordings are brought to life via beautiful hand-drawn animation that transports us back in time into the intensity of the courtroom proceedings. United, they stood firm and set in motion a series of events that inspired future generations. Now, contemporary interviews with the surviving defendants family members, including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, as they listen to the audio files some 50 years later further bring the past into the blazingly relevant present. It was one of the last projects in which Winnie Mandela would participate before her passing.
"Weaving the reflections of those still alive into an artful fusion of recently excavated archive audio and atmospheric interpretive animation, the film brings [an] emotive, enlightening perspective"
- Guy Lodge
"[This] is a heartfelt, humane and visually inventive tribute to a fading generation of giants whose principled sacrifices ended up changing history."
- Stephen Dalton
"Contemporary and evocative interviews with the surviving co-defendant freedom fighters and their families and black and white illustrations to create the riveting documentary"
- Emil Wilbekin