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Renaud Barret / France/ Documentary / Subtitles / 95 minutes / 2019 / Colour

“This raw, vibrant documentary directed by French-born Renaud Barret (Brenda Bilili!), captures the fascinating street art scene in the mega-city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite being one of Africa’s richest countries in terms of natural resources, it is a country plagued by civil wars and corrupt governments, and is one of its poorest in terms of living standards. Visual artists, musicians and performers – Freddy Tsimba, Béni Baras, Kongo Astronaute, Géraldine Tobe, Was Llunga and Majestikos, Strombo Kayumba, Flory and Junior, Kokoko – invade the streets through paintings, performances, and interventions using recycled objects and their own bodies to express their anger but also their dreams for change, to critique government corruption and Western exploitation. Ever-resourceful, these artists waste nothing, transforming scrapped computers, TV sets, plastic, rubber, bullets shells and machetes from the civil war, into monumental installations and kinetic performance pieces.” (Marie-Pierre Richard)


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