Self Portrait as a Coffee Pot

Inspired in part by Charlie Chaplin, Dziga Vertov and the innovative wit of early cinema, pioneering South African artist William Kentridge offers a cinematic experience of the creative process during the first year of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Nine distinct yet subtly interconnected episodes introduce us to William and his collaborators in action, inviting us to step inside the intimacy of the studio as shared discoveries about culture, history and politics, and profound truths about the ways we live and think today are uncovered through the making of works of art.


Created and Directed by William Kentridge

Executive Producers: Rachel Chanoff, Joslyn Barnes, Noah Bashevkin, Brenda Potter, Danny Glover

Production Companies: THE OFFICE performing arts + film, Louverture Films

110′ / Series┃English┃South Africa, USA 2022

About Creator & Director
William Kentridge



William Kentridge (born Johannesburg, South Africa, 1955) is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theater and opera productions. His method combines drawing, writing, film, performance, music, theatre, and collaborative practices to create works of art that are grounded in politics, science, literature and history, all the while maintaining a space for contradiction and uncertainty. Kentridge’s work has been seen in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities including Yale and the University of London and of numerous awards and honors in recognition of his work.