The 4th edition of War on Screen International Film Festival proposes two exhibitions this year :
OF TERROR AND TEARS – CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Une exposition des photos de Michaël Zumstein - En partenariat avec Amnesty France
Michael Zumstein’s first photographs of the Central African Republic were taken in the north east of the country, on the road to Bossangoa.
The Anti-balaka militia has resurged. This is September 2013. The former Séléka rebels from the Islamised north have been in power for just six months and the revolt has already taken over the hinterland. A destructive anger has risen up against the brutality. The geography of the new Central African Republic is already a reality. Thousands of refugee families are in the churches, others in the schools. Others flee through the scrubland, at the mercy of anyone and anything. The schism between Christian and Muslim communities is now a reality.
Michael is still there on 5th December. A hellish day for Bangui. At dawn the Anti-balaka attack the capital. The Séléka resist and then retaliate ferociously. A massacre. France immediately sends in its soldiers. The balance of power, until now in favour of the Muslim minority, swings in favour of the Christian communities. The ethnic cleansing begins – violent, unleashed. The question now is how to show the horror of the retaliation, the mutilations, without hampering the understanding of the historical context and its problems.
We have had regular discussions with Michael about how much of this crisis should be unveiled. How to avoid concealing the raw violence witnessed by a complicit crowd? How to avoid succumbing to simplistic explanations depicting gratuitous savagery? The reasons behind the ordeal of the Central African Republic are complex and deep.
Michael is interested in the entire story, attempting to understand it, to explain it. With discretion and humility, he is one of the most thoughtful witnesses of the Central African Republic’s crisis.
With his photos, Michaël Zumstein depicts for us the state of this State that is no more.
- Cyril BENSIMON
FROM 28 SEPTEMBER TO 2 OCTOBER
exhibition hall of la Comète - Free admision
PETITES HISTOIRES DE LA GRANDE GUERRE
(LITTLE STORIES OF THE GREAT WAR)
in partership with the Georges Pompidou library
Through the eyes of 20 artists, with texts written by scriptwriter Kris, (re)discover the First World War via 20 stories inspired by 20 objects which once belonged to the men and women who were part of that history.
FROM 15 SEPTEMBER TO 15 NOVEMBER
POMPIDOU LIBRARY - free entrance
Signing by fabrice le henanff
The author of comics and illustrator of the War on Screen poster will be signing his comic books on the stand of the Mau bookshop
SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
LA COMÈTE HALL - free entrance