Constrain

An experimental, politically charged animated film in which a voiceover confronts us with the restraints imposed on us on the basis of physical characteristics, nationality, and social conditions.

Jerky footage, shouting, flashing lights, explosions, gasping breaths: these chaotic opening scenes evoke the feeling of a riot, but there isn’t a single person to be seen. This experimental and politically charged animated film uses abstract techniques to make tangible the impact of the repression of individuals based on physical characteristics, nationality, and social conditions.

The movements of anonymous bodies in a bare space where the aggressors remain invisible are based on actual cases of police violence in France. The monotone instrumental soundscape feeds into the menacing atmosphere.

This new reality in which the film immerses us raises the question of how to engage with the role we’ve been assigned in this rigid scenario, and how that role can lead to a person being restricted, coerced, humiliated, harmed, or killed.

*Text from IDFA catalogue

Official Selection :

Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2022

Champs Elysées Film Festival, Paris, France, 2021, France Televisions award winners

Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2021

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Netherlands, 2021

Kasseler DokFest, Germany, 2021

Festival d’Annecy, France, 2021

Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (FNC), Canada, 2021

Uppsala Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Sweden, 2021

Flatpack, Birmingham, UK, 2021

Equinoxio Film Festival, Bogota, Colombia, 2021, honorable mention

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