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Film screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers

  • Sammy Baloji
  • Filip De Boeck
Wednesday 27 November 2019
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Filmzaal (0.A28)

The Tower: A Concrete Utopia (70m) by Filip De Boeck and Sammy Baloji Conceived as a visual essay on the legacy of colonial architecture in the Congo, this film focuses on an unfinished and makeshift 12-story structure both inspired by the modernist promises of skyscrapers and reflects the way inhabitants of Kinshasa must “suture" together the “holes” that permeate the urban landscape. The Tower, a vision of one man known locally as the ‘Docteur’, provides a concrete response to earlier colonial propositions, while also highlighting the way aging and dilapidated colonial infrastructures have become “fragments and figments of a modernity that has become part of an irretrievable past.” In this way, Docteur’s Tower serves as “a giant question mark,” as if to ask: "What kinds of social (after)lives does [a colonialist modernity] still enable, and what dreams and visions of possible futures, if any, does that colonial legacy still trigger for the residents of Kinshasa today?"

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/258620047

This is part of The 9th Adriaan Gerbrands Lecture Events

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