By Idrissou MORA KPAI


Documentary - Development 2012

Investigating the tragic murder of two young artists through vigilante justice, the director exposes the legal vacuum and the banalization of violence in his native Benin.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • BENIN
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Idrissou MORA KPAI
    • Writer(s)
    • Idrissou MORA KPAI
    • Producer(s)
    • Arouna Sacca MORA KPAI (NOBLE FILMS), Idrissou MORA KPAI (MKJ FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Bokos and Joel, two young visual artists, falsely accused of kidnapping children, were brutally lynched by a mob. Their killings have not been legally pursued. The victims left behind two traumatized families abandoned by a corrupt and dysfunctioning legal system. Not knowing how to demand justice for their sons, husbands and fathers, they are obliged to cohabit together with the tormentors of their loved ones. And they cannot count on any form of compassion by their social surrounding which legitimizes these acts of “self-justice”. Against the background of this story line I will inquire how the simple desire for order and justice pushes an abandoned and impoverished population to commit these socially sanctioned atrocities.
      The more this investigation progresses, the more the film enters into the lives and personalities of the two dead figures that haunt the entire film. It is notably through their art objects that they gain a presence. Their paintings and sculptures give us insights about their own reflections on the present Beninese society and on the conundrums that this society faces: the hopes for change as well as the broken dreams of its citizens, the omnipresent violence and death as much as an effervescent vitality. The presence of these art objects throughout the film will give the narrative its rhythm and its structure.
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