Chicago premiere! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2017

Bronx Gothic

2017, Andrew Rossi, USA, 91 min.

Show Times

  • Wed, Aug 23rd 8:30pm
  • Thu, Aug 24th 6:00pm

This documentary portrait focuses on the electrifying performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show "Bronx Gothic," which New Yorker drama critic Hilton Als called "a tour de force on the order of Toni Morrison’s 'The Bluest Eye,' the author’s seminal text on black girlhood and power." Centering on a series of notes passed between two 11-year-girls in the Bronx in the 1980s, Okpokwasili uses humor, confrontation, and intense physicality to immerse the audience in the often difficult experience of growing up female in a brown body. Offstage encounters with Okpokwasili, her Nigerian immigrant parents, her mentor Ralph Lemon, and audience talk-backs shed light on the mission of this remarkable and courageous artist. DCP digital. (MR)

Wednesday, August 23: International vocalist Ugochi performs before the film.

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