Akaboum

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    Akaboum

    Directed by

    France

    2019

    30 min

    • French

    Documentary

    In the Parisian suburbs, a group of adolescents wander, looking for a rave party. The city’s peripheral architecture goes by like the setting of a retro futuristic adventure gone wrong; the governmental utopia of the housing estates, the laminated dream of the Euro Disney Park, the playgrounds and sports areas now used as spaces for getting high. The Parisian suburbs are thus revealed like the theatre of a failed political project, which has only intensified the differences between the deprived neighbourhoods and the city centre. However, the youth filmed by Manon Vila is not defeated. It is strong, proud, intelligent and full of hope. By filming this wandering in search of pleasure, the director explores the physical, political and urban frontiers of the district. With a very surprising poetic liberty, AKABOUM questions the official discourse on colonial heritage and social marginalisation. A film that shakes up the stereotypes built around the notion of fringes.

    Awards

    • Youth Jury Prize - Brive FF
    • Best Short Film, Most Innovative Short Film - Visions du Réel

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Xavier Godard
    William Sume
    Adam Saiti
    Elias Saiti
    Youssouf Benhida
    William Giaccheto
    N’Giraan Fall
    Screenplay
    Manon Vila
    Cinematography
    Mathilde Cathelin
    Editing
    Gabriel Gonzalez
    Music
    Xavier Godard aka Moku John
    William Sume aka Bamao Yende
    Production
    LES ECURIES PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    Manon Vila

    Manon Vila

    France

    Manon Vila obtained her Bachelor at the High School of arts and design (HEAD) in Geneva and graduated with a special distinction from the jury in the Master Fine Arts of the Goldsmith College in 2017. The implicit concern of Manon Vila’s practice relies on the idea that music has a relationship of reciprocity with the society that it comes from, both being entangled within a system of mutual influences in which one defines and characterizes the other. In contemporary music’s diverse performances (as much audible as visual), significant aesthetic, political, economical and ideological matters are at stake and this is what Manon Vila’s work questions.