System K

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    System K

    Système K

    Directed by

    France

    2019

    94 min

    • French

    Documentary

    The ‘Satan of Light’ is up to his tricks in front of the corrugated iron huts of the dirty markets on the dusty streets of Kinshasa. He has two horns on his head, his face is a grimace and many children fearfully run away at the sight of him. This is where documentary filmmaker Renaud Barret encounters a group of fascinating artists who are creating art on, and for, the street. Known as Freddy, Béni, Kongo Astronaute, Strombo, Majesktik, Kokoko! and Geraldine among others, these people are bringing sculptures, paintings, performances and interventions into public spaces far removed from international attention and the art market. Their materials include old bullet cases, plastic waste, electronic scrap, smoke, monkey skulls, wax, blood, machetes and their own bodies. Their art is spectacular and political. Their topics are exploitation, the privatisation of water, personal and national traumas and also, as a constant, the history of the Congo. In his film, Barret shows us Kinshasa, a metropolis in which art is otherwise considered to be an unaffordable luxury, as the location of a passionate and vibrant subculture that has claimed the city as its stage.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Renaud Barret
    Cinematography
    Renaud Barret
    Editing
    Jules Lahana
    Sales
    LE PACTE
    Production
    LES FILMS EN VRAC
    Production
    LA BELLE KINOISE

    Press

    A film that sometimes feels as frenzied as the world it's depicting, but one that benefits from being such a full-blown nosedive into a unique moment of collective creation.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    Renaud  Barret

    Renaud Barret

    France

    Renaud Barret, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France in 1970, works as graphic designer and photographer. He first came to Kinshasa at the age of 20 and has never really left the city. He has made several self-produced documentaries there, some in collaboration with Florent de La Tullaye. His films often focus on determined outsiders. Alongside his filmmaking, he also works as a producer for Congolese musicians.He is known for BENDA BILILI! (2010), LA DANSE DE JUPITER (2006) and PYGMEE BLUES (2013). His film SYSTEM K (2019) was presented at Berlin IFF.