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Source:  Los Angeles Times

Capturing the urgent, boundless invention of young, politically minded African artists with nothing to lose and everything to communicate, Renaud Barret’s thrilling documentary “System K” showcases a thriving art scene in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, that isn’t just born of the streets, but often made and displayed there as well.

Through the eyes of the struggling creators, we meet a troubled city embattled by corruption, poverty, and the legacy of colonialism isn’t just inspiration — it’s also one big showroom.

What connects the many artists featured in Barret’s film, besides their meager means and creative contribution to a city that doesn’t always know what to do about their exhibitive brashness, is the support they get from local, internationally celebrated sculptor Freddy Tsimba, whose appearances throughout the film make for a culturally authoritative through line of sorts as we meet the artists.

“System K” is playing now in select cities.

Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.


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