Small Films 03: Zombies (2019)


A Weekly Short Film Review

In this week’s edition of Small Films, we transport ourselves to a dystopian representation of Kinshasa, Republic of Congo, with the Experimental short film/music video, Zombies, by Belgian rapper Baloji. Besides paying homage to his Congolese heritage, the artist also comments on modern society’s dependency on technology. 

The synopsis found everywhere I looked in my research is the following:

The film Zombie is a journey between hope and dystopia in a hallucinated Kinshasa, from the culture of the hair salon to futuristic solitary clubbing, from the urban parade to the glory of a dictator in campaign (Papa Bollo) to modern western in the Takeshi Kitano style.

I couldn’t agree more with this perfect description. Thematically, this is a film that could stay relevant for years to come. This pleasant audiovisual experiment will make you dance and think about your relationship with your phone. 

In 14 minutes, Bajoli created a world I’d like to explore more. It’s trippy and quaint and does pay tribute to the great Takeshi Kitano. 

P.S. We know about the new film Omen, and here’s the trailer. 

We’re looking forward to seeing it and reviewing it sooner rather than later. 

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