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ICA EXCLUSIVE The African Desperate
Institute of Contemporary Arts
February 2023
A person in a red swimsuit sits with her friend by the lake, reading a book together
The African Desperate, dir. Martine Syms, USA 2022, 99 min., English


The African Desperate tracks one very long day for Palace Bryant (an expertly deadpan Diamond Stingily), a newly minted MFA grad whose final 24 hours in art school become a real trip.

Palace is not going to the graduation party – she hates the woods. If this were a reality show, she would be the person who was not here to make friends. Palace needs to get home, back to Chicago from upstate New York, but that means surviving a hazy, hilarious, and hallucinatory night-long odyssey, stumbling from academic critiques to backseat hookups.

The electrifying feature debut from renowned artist Martine Syms, The African Desperate brings her razor-sharp satire and vivid aesthetic invention to a riotous coming-of-age comedy.
 
04:00 pm
Fri, 21 Oct 2022
Cinema 1
09:00 pm
Sat, 22 Oct 2022
Cinema 2
02:25 pm
Sun, 23 Oct 2022
Cinema 1
04:20 pm
Tue, 25 Oct 2022
Cinema 2
04:20 pm
Thu, 27 Oct 2022
Cinema 2

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