Still

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

Directed, Produced, Edited Laura Waddington
Editing help Mara Catalan

Commission

For the collective French film “OUTRAGE & REBELLION” initiated by Nicole Brenez

Premiere

Streamed on the online newspaper site, MEDIAPART, Dec 2010-Feb 2011, 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 has come to apply, 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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Press Quotes

“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

“First, she tests the latest industrial audiovisual technologies to call into question her own gaze. Thus a radical experimentation with mini DV can be seen in her work from the 1990s on… ZONE (1995)… The Lost Days (1999)… the images of police violence downloaded for Still (2009). The technology can therefore resonate with her two other preoccupations: to make acts of resilience and systematic disobedience in the face of the obstacles, created by anti-migration policies and the dismantling of the right of asylum; and to focus sustained attention on “those whom society doesn’t care or dare to see; people waiting in limbo and at borders because they do not fit the dominant political narrative or our current economic needs.”
Bidhan Jacobs PLASTICITES DES VIOLENCES POLITIQUES AU DEBUT DU XXIe SIECLE, France
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Screenings

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