From director Andrew Rossi 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.
The Film was released theatrically at Film Forum in July of 2017.
“In 2014, I saw Okpokwasili in her piece Bronx Gothic, and the top of my head blew off... A tour de force." — Hilton Als, The New Yorker
“A mesmerizing and sometimes harrowing solo piece… Okpokwasili in motion is a sight to behold." — Tim Murphy, The New York Times
“An unforgettable performance.” — Carolina Miranda, LA Times