Still

2009, 2009
7min 15 sec. Mini DV, Colour, Stereo

Directed, Produced, Edited Laura Waddington
Editing help Mara Catalan

Commission

Pour le film collectif “OUTRAGE & REBELLION

Premiere

Streamed on www.mediapart.fr as part of the collective French film project “Outrage & Rebellion”, 2010

Synopsis

Still is a short video made, in a few weeks, for “OUTRAGE & REBELLION”, a collective French film to protest against police violence in France, after the filmmaker Joachim Gatti lost his eye when a policeman shot him with a flashball in July 2009

Director’s statement

Still was made for OUTRAGE & REBELLION a collective French film to protest against police violence in France, after the filmmaker Joachim Gatti lost his eye, when a policeman shot him with a flashball in July 2009. 

The idea of the project was for each filmmaker to make their contribution without a budget and within a few weeks. I worked with images of police brutality that I found on the internet, often taken by family and friends of the victims. The soundtrack is sampled from Santiago Alvarez’s “NOW!” My video is in memory of him.

I wanted to draw attention to the “climate of impunity” within the French police force, described by Amnesty International. More and more, people who complain or speak out about police violence are being charged with defamation or “outrage et rébellion.” This applies, in some cases, to journalists too.

Notes about Still and police violence

… I wanted these passages of white, accompanied by the sound of machine guns, to represent the absence of images and information; the vacuum into which, I believe, decades of obscuring information has thrown French society and which to me is also a kind of blinding. What exists behind the white? How many deaths do we not know about? How many cases of mistreatment are not recorded because the victims were silenced or charged with “Outrage & Rebellion”?

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Extraits de presse

“Top Ten Films of 2009: Material – Thomas Heise, Gran Torino – Clint Eastwood, Le streghe – Jean-Marie Straub, 36 vues du pic Saint Loup – Jacques Rivette, Mary & Max – Adam Elliott,  Waterfront Follies – Ernie Gehr, Vincere – Marco Bellocchio, STILL – Laura Waddington, Répons – Marylène Negro, Double Take – Johan Grimonprez”
Federico Rossin, IL MANIFESTO, Italy

“Tout d’abord, elle éprouve les dernières technologies audiovisuelles industrielles pour remettre en cause son propre regard. Ainsi l’expérimentation radicale de la mini DV doit-elle être vue dans le prolongement de son travail depuis le début des années quatre-vingt-dix… dans Zone (1995)… The Lost Days (1999), ou encore les images de violences policières téléchargées pour Still (2009). La technologie peut alors entrer en résonance avec ses deux autres préoccupations : d’une part, faire acte de résilience et désobéissance systématique face aux entraves mises en place par les politiques anti-migratoires et au démantèlement du droit d’asile ; et de l’autre, montrer une attention soutenue « à ceux que la société ne veut ou n’ose pas voir ; les gens attendant dans les limbes et aux frontières, parce qu’ils ne s’inscrivent pas dans l’histoire politique dominante ou nos besoins économiques.”
Bidhan Jacobs PLASTICITES DES VIOLENCES POLITIQUES AU DEBUT DU XXIe SIECLE, France
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Projections

Streamed on the online newspaper site, MEDIAPART, Dec 2010-Feb 2011, as part of the collective French film project OUTRAGE & REBELLION, 2010
Film Mutations, Third Festival of Invisible Cinema, Zagreb, Croatia, December 2009
“Cinéma militant, politique, social, engagé…L’héritage Dziga Vertov” Formation pour CAV Creteil, La Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France, February 2010
Indie Lisboa ’10 Special Section: “Selected films from “Outrage & Rebellion”, Cinema Londres, Lisbon, Portugal, April-May 2010
“Waddington Program” “Internationalist Cinema for Today” (Curated by Nicole Brenez), Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA, March 2012
Debate and projection, organised by Le Comité Justice et Vérité pour Wissam for the “Journée Internationale contre les violences policières”, Clermont Ferrand, France, March 2013
“Eyespeak presents the films of Laura Waddington” with Laura Waddington and Nick Mirzoeff, Hunter College, New York, USA, December 2013
“Live like a refugee: On the Border” in the series “Global Revolt: Cinematic Ammunition” (Programmed by Sherry Millner and Ernie Larsen), Flaherty NYC Fall Season, Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA, December 2013