Postponed: SYSTEM K
First show: March 20
As of March 11, in addition to increased sanitation throughout our facilities and other precautions we are taking, we are also reducing seating capacity in each of our theaters to a number that will allow for what is presently considered sufficient space for social distancing.
We are evaluating the situation as it evolves on a daily basis and will continue to follow the guidance of government agencies. We understand that circumstances will likely remain fluid in the coming days and weeks. We will adapt accordingly and update you with any changes to our programs.
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 Kongo Astronaut, 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.
“This eye-opening and 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 that now fetches millions at Christie’s or Sotheby’s. Immersive. Compelling. A full-blown nosedive into a unique moment of collective creation. [With] a lively score that includes music from… the group known as Kokoko!, whose instruments are made of used paint cans, scraps of wood, transistor radios, wire, and other detritus that’s been refurbished to produce beautiful sounds.”
– Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
Directed by Renaud Barret. 2019. 94 mins, in French with English subtitles.
Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora.
NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME.
Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.
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