Can creativity change lives, and can art - in its many forms - be a tool for dreaming bigger than the forces that hold us back? In this special collaborative event, WePresent and IDFA invite us to consider the many ways we use creativity to overcome adversity and escape limitations - both those imposed on us by society and those we impose upon ourselves.
Acclaimed documentary Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat takes us into the gritty world of the 1970s New York, with rare footage revealing the formative moments in the short life of a genius who moved from the street to the gallery, leaving a lasting imprint on the world of art and beyond. The film will be preceded by the inspiring short documentary Mr. Wash, in which creativity is a way to transcend the limits of incarceration.
Following the documentaries, we will continue the conversation with three artists who live a successful creative life despite their internal and external challenges.
Using unique archive footage, interviews with insiders and an exceptional soundtrack that tells a story all its own, Boom for Real outlines how the effervescent scene in 1970s and 1980s New York contributed to the formation of young, enigmatic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The insiders include big names such as filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, rapper Fab 5 Freddy and graffiti artist Lee Quiñones.
This event is in English.