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Director Frank Ternier
Director of Photography Frank Ternier
Dancer Alan Page aka Junior coldboy, Waldo Pierre aka Junior Tiger, Suzie Babin
Composer Frédéric Duzan dit Zed
Animation Frank Ternier Laurent Moulin Magalie Charrier
A black man is killed in an altercation with a vigilant neighbor and the police. The feeling of injustice is high. Emotion engenders riot …. In the absence of words, can the body take its revenge?
– Experimental Award at Fiver, International videodanse Festival in Madrid (Spain)
– Special mention for the use of dance and music to illustrate important societal themes, Festival Animocje(Poland)
Describe, in as many or as few words as you see fit, the genesis of or inspiration behind your film.
I’d wanted to make this film for years. 25 years have passed since the Rodney King Affair and yet the amount of similar incidents, or tragedies, is again on the rise in the United States, as well as in France, with the cases of Zyed and Bouna and, more recently, Adama Traoré. In light of these tragedies and sentiment of injustice, I wanted to tackle the question of how to speak about violence. The goal of the film is not to champion violence, but to ask at what point violent action becomes a legitimate means of resistance in the face of injustice.