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FRANCE | 95 minutes | 2019

They gather in some of Kinshasa’s meanest streets, with imagination to burn. They turn electronic scrap, old bullet casings from the civil war and animal skulls into works of art as striking as they are eclectic. These hundreds of contemporary artists may have no income and little means, but they’re never short on inspiration. They’ve invaded the urban bustle and transformed the Congolese capital into an ongoing open-air exhibition. Portrait of a passionate and vibrant subculture that speaks for the suffering of an entire people.

In collaboration with POP Montreal.

"Real street art, raw and unfiltered." The Hollywood Reporter
"After Benda Bilili!, Renaud Barret signs a fascinating new documentary set in the heart of Kinsasha that follows the lives of outstanding artists and street performers" Cineuropa

Special mention Peace Film Prize - Berlin Film Festival

Programs

Monday October 14, 2019

Program #109
17:15
Cinéma du Parc 1

Saturday October 19, 2019

Program #226
15:00
Cinéma du Parc 1

Renaud Barret

No biography

2007 LA DANSE DE JUPITER / 80’
A dive into the ghettos of Kinshasa to meet its countless musicians.
• IFAP RIDM (Montreal), Africa in the Picture, Filming Music, Afrika Eye (Bristol), New York Black Film Festival, Womex, Womad Music Festival.
2008 VICTOIRE TERMINUS /74‘
Young boxers go up in the ring to feed their families. The boxing matches meet the armed confrontations of the two contenders engaged in the presidency of the DRC.
• Berlinale, Hot Docs Toronto, BFI London Film Festival (Grierson Award for best documentary)
2010 BENDA BILILI! / 80‘
From the Kinshasa sidewalks to international triumph, 5 years in the lives of the disabled musicians’ orchestra Staff Benda Bilili.
• Cannes 2010 Directors’ Fortnight, the opening film - 265,000 admissions Selected at the 2011 Césars
2012 PYGMY BLUES / 52‘ FOR FRANCE 5
Wengi and Soyi, two pygmy discouraged by the difficulties of urban life and ostracism they are subject to in Kinshasa, decide to return home,700 kilometers up the Congo River. A return to their roots, which they believe, will help them regain their dignity.
2013 THE AFRICA EXPRESS / 52‘ FOR FRANCE Ô
Following the London Olympics, a hundred artists, African and Western, met in a train transformed into a mobile studio. They travelled though the UK for a week. With Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Rokia Traoré, Baaba Maal, Peter Hook (Joy Division), Amadou & Mariam.

distribution and credits

  • Screenplay Renaud Barret
  • Producer La Belle Kinoise, Les Films en Vrac, Renaud Barret, Benoit Tschieret, Thierry Commissionat, Guillaume Vincent

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