Bronx Gothic | Chicago Reader

Bronx Gothic

Nigerian-American writer, actor, dancer, and singer Okwui Okpokwasili is the subject of this spellbinding documentary, centered on her one-woman show of the same title. First staged in 2014, Bronx Gothic hinges on letters exchanged by two African-American girls named Innocence and Experience, and it springs from the performer's own memories of growing up in the Bronx in the early 1980s. 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. An onscreen interview with the documentary maker, Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times), and scenes in which Okpokwasili interacts with family and audience members further reveal her motivation for addressing such social issues as racial inequality and gun violence.

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