Film screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers
- Sammy Baloji
- Filip De Boeck
- Wednesday 27 November 2019
Pieter de la Court
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?"
This is part of The 9th Adriaan Gerbrands Lecture Events.