ESTRADA à Montpellier
ESTRADA in english
In June 2007, when I lived in Rio De Janeiro and passed in front of the institut medico-legal everyday, I was shuk by the strong smell of death and decomposition pervading the malfunctioning freezers. This is what led me to approach the families on the sidewalk who were waiting for the bodies of their loved-ones to be given back to them.
It is here with them that my work started. My method was to photograph, during the wake, the last portrait of their relative, victim of P.A.F (Perfuração por Arma de Fogo = gunshot wound)
These initials recured on the death certificates that the funeral directors showed me when they indicated the families involved .
It was mainly women that I met and the victims were, in the majority young men, black or of mixed race, living in or near the favelas, and killed by the police .
I meet the families in suburban cemetaries and discover, in the coffin, the face of the deceased surrounded by flowers as if departing on a long journey . In the midst of kisses, caresses, tears and cries of grief and injustice, fainting and prayers. I descretly shout the last portrait of the victim and of the surrounding atmosphere.
Inspired by the photographic tradition of the mortuary photos of the 19 and early 20th century and aware since my first contact with Brazil, both by the rituals and urban violence, I put together in march 2009, at the « Centro Cultural Justiça Federal do Rio de Janeiro », the « PAF » exhibition .
In the exhibition i presented portraits of victims, photos of the wakes, the narratives of the relatives, text, sound and video, all in a atmosphere of denunciation and poetry .
Following this exhibition and the repercussions that it had provoked in the media and the carioca society, i started to produce the documentary film « ESTRADA » in august 2009
The object was to inform a greater public about gunshot killings in Rio De Janeiro.
The increase in the traffic of arms, the profit of drug traffincking, the corruption, police violence, the State indifference and inaccessibility of consume goods, explain why the young who live in the favelas or suburbs of large Brazilian cities have a higher risk than others of being shot .
More than half the carioca population approve of « armed police intervention » to combat drug trafficking and think that the « bandits should die » and ignore the average of 20 gunshot deaths a day in Rio De Janeiro.
The « ESTRADA » film gives a name and a story to theese anonymous deaths and pays them hommage and respect.
Victims, « faller heros » or « martyrs » from the same city, they never cease to be the children, the brothers, the sisters, the friends, the husbands or the wives so terribly and unfairly absent.
With this tragic reality how can we deny that the pain is not also our own ?
materia na França
jeudi 7 octobre 2010
dimanche 19 septembre 2010
29/09/2010 18:30:00 Centro Cultural Justiça Federal seguido de debate com realizador de Complexo:Universo Parallelo
av. Rio Branco, 241 - Centro
2/10/2010 17:00:00 Cinema Nosso
rua do Rezende, 80 - Lapa
3/10/2010 12:00:00 Espaço de Cinema 3
rua Volontários da pátria, 35 - Botafogo
5/10/2010 20:00:00 Ponto Cine
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7/10/2010 13:30:00 Est Vivo Gávea 3
7/10/2010 22:10:00 Est Vivo Gávea 3
Rua Marques de São Vicente, 52 / 4°andar - Shopping da Gávea - Gávea