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Zombi Child

Chicago premiere!

The mysterious documented history of Haitian Clairvius Narcisse, who returned to life in 1962 after enduring eighteen years drugged into a zombie state, is overlaid with a shivery tale rife with the secrets and rituals of the supernatural. Under a plot built on possession and ulterior motives, director Bonello (HOUSE OF PLEASURES, NOCTURAMA) explores the wages of colonialism and cultural appropriation through two merging stories, granting the ceremonial rites of Voodoo the gravity of authentic religious practice. Orphaned by a Haitian hurricane, Mélissa (Louimat), fictional granddaughter of Clairvius and niece of a Parisian Voodoo mambo, attends an elite academy founded by Napoleon. The school’s only black student, she finds that popular classmate Fanny (Labeque) has an underlying reason for courting her friendship. In French, Haitian, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Where: 164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

Website: Subterranean