Oakland resident Cassius Green (Lakieth Stanfield), overwhelmed by back rent and a nagging uncle, is in desperate need of a job. He finds a steady paycheck and unexpected success as a telemarketer, eventually getting promoted to an elite role selling a morally questionable service. This satirical, absurdist, genre-bending film takes a truly fresh look at the intersections of ethics, race, class, and art, creating a uniquely relevant snapshot of our current moment. An incendiary calling card from director Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You is as intellectually bold as it is stylistically ambitious. Courtesy of Annapurna Pictures.
A discussion with director Boots Riley follows the screening. Moderated by writer and producer Courtney Lilly.
Sorry to Bother You. 2018. USA. Directed by Boots Riley. 111 min.
MoMA Contenders 2018 is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Senior Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
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