From a Parisian railway tunnel to the fields of South Sudan, from the city of Bagram north of Kabul to winter Chechnya, from the lurid front pages about the Iraq War to Libya’s Tripoli… For 30 years now, Florent Marcie traverses war fronts and battle fields all over the world, where history is written, and records with his camera wars, upheavals, battles and struggles, as well as the blatant destitution of our era. He is a director not easily categorized. At the intersection of journalism, video, war reportage and cinema, he collects testaments and develops a distinct personal gaze, very far away from conventional journalism. His work questions both the reality of war and the way its images are recorded and transmitted nowadays, therefore activating our geopolitical imaginary. Marcie shots, edits and produces his films himself, using digital technology… in a radical way. This independence brings him closer to the people he meets and films. His axiom, “as long as we don’t go there to look for ourselves, there is no way of knowing what is happening out there”, opens a path to knowledge, since it makes visible what is really would otherwise remain hidden by the television propaganda. Bearing to current times but also timeless, he offers an explosion of humanism in our era of conflicts and misinformation.
In the presence of Florent Marcie, the tribute consists of 7 films. His images will fill our screens and will make us radically question the media propaganda. With the director, in the masterclass he will offer, we will question ourselves on how can the images, in the era of social media and artificial intelligence, still be revolutionary.