Dir. Matthias De Groof
Belgium/DR Congo, 2017, 46 Min.
French, Flemish & Lingala, w/ English subtitles
LOBI KUNA (Lingala for the day after tomorrow and the day before yesterday) follows Congolese artist/photographer Mekhar Kivoso, as he explores the recently renovated Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. The objects he encounters are at once captivating and alienating, and through his lens, embody a macabre mausoleum of his cultural heritage. But rather than dwelling on the past, Mekhar uses the past to project himself into the future — all while the Royal Museum undergoes a metamorphosis of its own. In Mekhar’s relationship to the museum, LOBI KUNA reveals itself as a poignant metaphor for the confines of Europe, the difficulties of decolonization, and the identity struggles of the African Diaspora.
Post-screening discussion w/ Matthias De Groof, moderated by Lubangi Muniania (Tabilulu Productions)
preceded by the short film:
Dir. Benoit Mugabo
2017, 12 Min.
Two performance artists, male and female, roam the nighttime streets of Goma with electrified private parts, provoking the public in a spectacle of bewilderment, fascination, and curiosity.