Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2017. In this urban jungle of over 13 million inhabitants, amid social and political chaos, an eclectic and bubbling street art scene is emerging. Underground visual artists, musicians and performers create out of nothing, using recycled objects and their own bodies to express their anger, but also their dreams for change. Constant harassment from the authorities, the strong taboos of a traditional society and the artists’ personal struggles are no obstacle for them: this is a movement that can no longer be stopped.
About the director: Renaud Barret was born in 1970 in Neuilly-sur-Seine (France). Originally a graphic designer and photographer, Barret has been in love with African capital’s urban cultures since he was 20 years old. He first came to Kinshasa in 2003 and never really left again. He has produced and directed several documentaries in the city (some of which were made with Florent de La Tullaye). In his films, Barret always focuses on outsider characters, people who appear lost but believe that they will find themselves and realise their dreams in life. In addition to his filmmaking activity, Barret produces Congolese musicians through La Bellekinoise Prod, his agency in Kinshasa.
Filmography: La danse de Jupiter (2007), Victoire Terminus (2008), Benda Bilili! (2010), Pygmy Blues (2012), The Africa Express (2013)