REDCAT continues to offer virtual events. One filmmaker in particular, I’d like to point out is Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, an award-winning filmmaker, educator, and farmer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Petna Ndaliko Katondolo’s multigenre works are acclaimed for their decolonial Ejo Lobi (Africanfuturistic) style, which engages historical content to address contemporary sociopolitical and cultural issues. The evening comprises the first two parts of the Triptych, a project of recoding aesthetics—a representational practice rooted in Katondolo’s indigenous understanding of time and space. “Matata” (2019) draws up an inventory of Africa and the legacy of its representations; “Kapita” (2021) is inspired by the official job title given to Congolese charged with enforcing their white masters’ bidding over their fellow Congolese on sites of capitalist extraction and production. Also shown: “Jazz Mama” (2010) and “Lamokowang” (2004).