with reception and Q&A with “Short Stay” director Ted Fendt and Jed Rapfogel, Curator Trenton World Cinefes
(Cecilia Zoppelletto, 2015, UK/Belgium/Congo, 67 mins)
Kinshasa (also known as “Kin la Belle”), the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a city of 10 million people without a single movie theater. “La Belle At the Movies” documents the disappearance of Kinshasa’s entire cinema industry over the past decade through interviews with filmmakers, cinema owners, and government officials. The story of the demise is woven with the history of the apartheid era and neo-colonialism under Mobutu through powerful poetic imagery of a city and a population nostalgic for the magic and the social tissue cinema once provided.
Please join us for a reception between the two films!
(Ted Fendt, 2016, USA, 61 mins)
From Haddonfield, NJ native Ted Fendt comes a gentle comedy about Mike, a man who’s always wandering but hardly on the move. His stomping ground is modest, the strip of suburbia between his mom’s house in New Jersey and the pizza place where he works. One day, Mike bumps into an old school friend Mark, who asks Mike to take over his walking tour job and Philadelphia apartment, despite the fact that Mike can barely keep up a conversation. This debut feature showed at the Berlin International Film Festival and New Directors/New Films.
Followed by Q&A with “Short Stay” director Ted Fendt and Jed Rapfogel, Curator Trenton World Cinefest.
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