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FLiCX: Bronx Gothic

Saturday, October 07, 2017,

  • Location: Belcourt Theatre

Dir. Andrew Rossi USA 2017 91 min. NR DCP

Post-screening storytelling discussion and hands-on writing exercise in the second-floor Jackson Education and Engagement Space, led by Tia Mitchell, teaching artist with Southern Word. (Post-screening discussoin/activity is free with movie ticket; and seating upstairs is first-come, first served.)

Participants interested in participating in the post-screening discussion/writing exercise may RSVP on this page for tickets purchased by the Dean of Students Office. 

Since seating is limited, we must remind participants of the following:

  • that if you RSVP in the affirmative, and your plans change, you are expected to log back in and change your status to “not attending;”
  • that Vanderbilt participants must RSVP for themselves, and may not be “guests;” and
  • that non-Vanderbilt guests are limited to one per participant.

From director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) comes an electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show, Bronx Gothic. Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui—who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor—fuses dance, song, drama and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, Bronx Gothic allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it.

“In language that is by turns blunt and poetic, crudely funny and incantatory, Ms. Okpokwasili conjures and probes ... adolescent friendship, a jumble of insults, anger and love. And Ms. Okpokwasili is a magnetic performer. In a voice that can be confiding or terrifying and movement that can be ugly or sinuous, she holds the show together, lending her story unexpected emotional and physical contours.” —Rachel Saltz, The New York Times