Bronx Gothic (2017)



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From director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times, The First Monday in May) 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.

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

[Okwui] Okpokwasili uses song, dance, and soliloquy to explore, with a political edge, the intricacies of black girlhood, and onstage she's a magnetic force, physically commanding and emotionally raw.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite some undeniably powerful moments, Bronx Gothic, both the show and the film, suffers from an overall pretension.

Jul 17, 2017 | Full Review…

A stirring ode to the liberating catharsis of artistic expression, as embodied by Okpokwasili and Born's transcendent theatrical masterwork.

Jul 12, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In the end, Ms. Okpokwasili's often academic-sounding exegeses of her work become repetitive.

Jul 11, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a far superior work to Manifesto, another conceptual art film, mostly because the artist doesn't have the luxury of cool, aloof detachment. But it leaves quite a few unanswered questions.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Bronx Gothic...follows the usual pattern of Hollywood's imprisoning blacks within the limits of white liberal imagination...Rossi's liberalism - his whitesplaining - intrudes on his star's storytelling.

Jul 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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