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The Red Chapel

Film/Video

Images courtesy of Lorber Films

The Red Chapel

Mads Brügger, 2009

New Documentary

Nonfiction filmmaking holds a strong appeal for many committed directors and producers. This ongoing series lets you sample wide-ranging approaches to the contemporary documentary.

Wed, Nov 17, 2010 7 PM

Part Borat, part Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructions, The Red Chapel (produced by von Trier’s Zentropa company) documents a Danish film crew and two Danish comedians of Korean descent who travel to North Korea in an attempt to show up the repressive dictatorship by staging a series of outlandish, scatological performances.

The fact that one of the performers has cerebral palsy only intensifies matters in a country where people with any disability are all but invisible. It's a fascinating picture of a country rarely depicted in any media, and the relationships between the subjects are filled with unexpected turns. (88 mins., video)

The Red Chapel trailer

Catherine Opie, Untitled #1, 2012

Be sure to RSVP for our Spring Exhibitions Preview on Friday, May 15—and don't miss a conversation with Catherine Opie and Jack Whitten right before the reception.

Stephin Merrit

Magnetic Fields front man Stephin Merritt brings an acoustic set (and longtime bandmate Sam Davol) to our intimate Performance Space on Saturday, May 16.