How do young Congolese artists deal with their country's past? Faire-part is a collective of Belgian and Congolese filmmakers which investigates what artists have to deal with in the shift from the colonial to the postcolonial era. Échangeur and Faire-part, two experimental documentaries about artists in Kinshasa and how they want to challenge social injustice in their country, will be screened. They will be preceded by the sort film Bidon Vil, about a Congolese artist that makes toys out of plastic waste.
The Welcome Table is an unfinished play by the American writer James Baldwin, a prominent anti-racism activist in his country. The play consists of two characters (based on the dancer Josephine
Baker and the American professor and critic Henry Louis Gates Jr.) at a set table. Incomplete freedom they discuss the condition of the Afro-American community. During the Holland Festival a contemporary version of The Welcome Table will be staged at various venues for a variety of conversations about festival artists’ work and themes. The topics covered will include literary and ideological movements like Négritude and the Harlem Renaissance, the films Échangeur and Touki Bouki, Martiniquan philosopher Édouard Glissant’s work and life, and of course James Baldwin.