Nominated for the Best International Feature Academy Award!
See part one of Kahlil Joseph’s BLKNWS project, shown in conjunction with their presentation at the Sundance Film Festival, before the film. Details at the bottom of the page.
In his astonishing, assured feature film debut, Ladj Ly stages an unconventional police procedural in Montfermeil, the same Parisian district where Victor Hugo set his classic novel.
“A hugely impressive debut and visually arresting from first to last.” – Phil de Semlyn, Time Out
The film follows three plainclothes cops as they navigate—and inflame—the neighborhood’s simmering ethnic and racial tensions, exploring the adversarial relationship between law enforcement and the neighborhood’s poor Muslim population. Not quit an update of Hugo’s landmark work, this gripping and grounded drama does however probe the tensions between Paris’ anti-crime police and the poor Muslim population in the French suburb of Montfermeil in the present day – where little has changed in the 150 years since Hugo first characterized the strife he saw through his bedroom window. Ly’s intensely vérité approach lends even more urgency to the timely tale of social injustice, which won the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. (Dir. by Ladj Ly, 2019, France, in French with English subtitles, 102 mins., Rated R)
Closed Captions and Audio Description Available.
Kahlil Joseph’s BLKNWS
“Kahlil Joseph’s mesmerizing news-creation machine is a soulful and rousing intervention into the “news-industrial complex” that is presently manifesting an epidemic in our society: news addiction powered by corporate digital platforms on networked devices. BLKNWS combines appropriated news and social media with originally produced anchored segments to create a continuously updated broadcast that is as much a news service as it is a portal to an elevated state of awareness.” – Sundance Film Festival
BLKNWS newsreels will also run at 10 other art-house cinemas around the country:
Belcourt Theatre — Nashville, Tennessee
Cinema Detroit — Detroit, Michigan
Michigan Theater — Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — Houston, Texas
Nitehawk Cinema — Brooklyn, New York
Northwest Film Forum — Seattle, Washington
O Cinema — Miami, Florida
Parkway Theatre — Baltimore, Maryland
The State Theatre — Ann Arbor, Michigan
Texas Theatre — Dallas, Texas