I found myself transfixed by the music and movement more than anything. The metaphors and allusions were well-trod and, at times, ham-fisted but the overall product is fantastic. If you were unaware, Baloji has an album consisting of the film's music (and more) floating around out there.
This was a fascinating piece with an excellent use of color, light, music, mirrors, costumes, props, and technology to create a visually grabbing watch. Behind all of the flashy filmwork and artistic visuals there was an important message, one that can be applied to all cultures in this day and age. Technology absorbing the attention of people to the point they become "zombies" is dangerous for everyone.
While I certainly enjoyed this film, I couldn't help but feel that underneath the appealing barrage of vibrant colors, pop music, and dancing, this film lacked something substantive that it had seemed to offer. The "phones are bad" ideology certainly isn't a new one and I thought that this film's non-subtle presentation of it almost fell into a category of shallowness that it had seemed to denounce.
This film really made me think a lot about the African culture and what an enormous impact it has on the society nowadays. It is incredibly beautiful that in today’s world we have so many different cultures mixed with each other. There are so many amazing things in our modern culture that were actually introduced by the Africans. Those aren’t material things, but they are spiritual, which makes them really special.
Beautiful imagery, it reminded me of Jenn Nkiru's work. I don't get why discredit the effort as a "music video", it's a way to convey a message anyhow. A pretty easy on the eye one yes but even so. Many people I believe have on expectations the message countries like Congo should pack in its productions but fail to recognize that by not fulfilling that to this mostly non-African audience they're choosing their own.
Este genial cortometraje está lleno de energía, nos muestra la Kinshasa actual con toda su modernidad, desde los "zombies" titulares que viven aislados mediante sus dispositivos móviles hasta manifestantes en las calles citadinas, creando instalaciones de arte contemporáneo vistosas y demenciales. Si bien las críticas sociales son bastante directas, logran una universalidad contundente. Me encantó.
Whilst the transgressive, hybrid and colorful fashion tableaux towards the end of this short film display imagery of cinematic potential, 'Zombies' is ultimately a video-clip project and one that self-consciously succumbs to the social media craze that feeds a self's thirst for recognition. Ethnographically it has some interest but the concomitant social commentary is essentially compressed in the shallow rap lyrics.