The Clichy Montfermeil Chronicles
The power of sight. My favorite projects and artists, are those who work directly with their communities. This film functions as activism and documentation, but a somewhat less discussed benefit, is the power of sight. To be seen when the world and local government won't give you attention. To be photographed and forever cemented in some context of history, to be acknowledged.
You can see it in the eyes of some of the subjects. Over a decade later, some things have improved, others worsened-- some remain stagnant. Some have gained wisdom, and some can barely admit that maybe being accused of racism was a true assessment. I'm grateful to @tichango for the invite. I have always been a fan of JR's vision, but only now have a gained a full perspective of how his career began. Both of their careers.
Fun Fact: Alicia Keys sat next to me during the screening. She was a lovely person to share similar reactions with. 💗