Stronger Than Fiction Presents: System K

Festivals and Celebrations

6 Aug 2021 Once Only Event

Stronger Than Fiction presents the latest and greatest documentary features from around the world – moving stories, relevant topics, and cutting-edge cinematic craft.

System K showcases an astounding group of passionate street artists. Forget Banksy – the most provocative street art isn’t for sale at Christie’s or Sotheby’s. Check the streets of Kinshasa, DRC.

The political drive of the work is clear: DR Congo is one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, but a history of violent colonialism, civil war and political corruption has left many inhabitants of Kinshasa living in desperate poverty. Under a repressive dictatorship, artists risk their freedom each time they exhibit.

With few resources at their disposal, the artists transform broken waste materials culled from garbage bins and trash heaps to create monumental installations, or use their bodies in poetic, kinetic performance pieces. The resulting work is vibrant, raw, and vital; full of ironic humor and rage.

Scored by Kinshasa’s “sonic warriors” KOKOKO!, Renaud Barret’s immersive film echoes the chaotic energy of Kinshasa itself. System K is a whirlwind celebration of art as an act of resistance, art as a way to survive.

“There’s rarely a single shot that isn’t populated by an eye-widening work of art…A film of furious self-representation and self-determination; its eloquent yet angry voices screaming out to be heard.” – Alternate Takes


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Once Only Event

6 Aug 2021

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