Khari “Conspiracy” Stewart and his twin brother Addi “Mindbender” Stewart make up the underground Canadian hip hop duo Supreme Being Unit. Khari has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, and is psychologically tortured by “intergalactic demonic voices.” His firm belief that a pair of demons from another planet are trying to take control of his mind, and that he isn’t schizophrenic, lead him to seek spiritual healing.
Khari’s “magical experiences” have been the guiding parables behind the music of Supreme Being Unit, resulting in multiple underground hits. Tormented artist, spiritual shaman, and drug-addled rapper; Khari’s unique experience seeks to challenge our understanding of schizophrenia and mental health.
Director Jonathan Balazs will be in attendance and answer questions after the screening.
The two men first crossed paths 10 years ago in Edmonton. Balazs and Stewart were both part of the local hip-hop scene. So compelling was Stewart’s work — and so eccentric his behavior — that Balazs noticed him “long before we ever uttered a word to each other.”
They are also collaborators — both as partners in a hip-hop album and, most recently, as filmmaker and subject in a documentary called Mars Project, an unsettling and provocative look at madness and the mental health system in Canada.
In fact, Khari is effortlessly articulate and entertaining, even more effortlessly profane. And what did Khari think of the finished product?
“I think my life is one wild and exciting adventure.”
~ Jim Coyle, Toronto Star
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