Episode 3 - Enjoy Poverty
Experiencing the ludicrous poverty of the Congo and the seeming futility of the aid being given, Dutch artist Renzo Martens suggests to the empoverished locals that their only way out of poverty is to exploit their condition for financial gain. In other words: In order to get rich, they must stay poor. However, his simplistic solution to this complex problem ultimately only serves to illustrate the superficiality of the western world's involvement in Africa.
The dutch artist and documentaryfilmmaker Renzo Martens (1973) studied at the Catholic University at Nijmegen and the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels. In addition he attended the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Martens has spent the past several years examining the role of the camera in places of severe political unrest, utilizing performance and satire to create metafilms that raise questions about the use of journalism and documentation. In his lates film Episode 3:Enjoy Poverty he travels to Kongo in order to look into what he says is Africas biggest export: poverty. EPIOSDE 3: ENJOY POVERTY was the openingfilm at IDFA in Amsterdam last year.