Thursday, May 25, 1995

Our Own Racisms:

The KKK Boutique Ain't Just Rednecks + Matzo Balls and Black-Eyed Peas

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Curated by Irina Leimbacher

Camille Billops and James Hatch’s (Finding Christa) newest work examines the causes and consequences of racism in our culture while challenging us to look closely at our own. An eclectic mix of anecdote, interview, and stylized performance, the film “models itself on Dante’s Inferno — a journey through hell where punishment fits the crime, and confession is sometimes the only reward.” (CB) Our guide, Camille, leads us and her friends through the multi-leveled KKK Boutique. While some souls deny all racism, and others, frozen by hatred, are eternally damned to pain, a few confess to their own racial madness to ascend back to the field of sunflowers where we began. Preceded by local filmmaker Daniel Robin’s Matzo Balls and Black-eyed Peas which is an intensely personal look into a young couple’s interracial relationship.