Women Are Heroes

Women Are Heroes

  • Premiere: 16. september
  • Dokumentar
  • 15år
  • 1 t. 20 min.
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Originaltittel: Women Are Heroes
Regi: JR
Språk: Fransk
Nasjonalitet: Frankrike
Produksjonsår: 2010
Aldersgrense: 15år
Women Are Heroes is the first film directed by JR.?It tells, in images, the surprising human and artistic adventure of the three years of work around the "Women are Heroes" project. The film transports you to Africa, Asia and South America. French artist JR takes you to places you may fantasize or hear about on television when some dramatic event occurs, but which are far from the usual touristic spots.
The film follows the extravagant adventures for which the happy end is never sure: from the presentation of the artistic project to the inhabitants of small villages in Liberia to the organization of a posting in a favela with fragile walls, from the exhibition on houses being demolished in Cambodia to the wrapping of the train that crosses a shantytown in Kenya.

Women Are Heroes is a tribute to women which dignity is underlined by posting their portraits on the walls of their village and of the whole world. In the film, women express their difficulties in a world dominated by men. In front of the camera, their share their nightmares to exorcise them, but their also offer their joy and radiate their energy .

Women Are Heroes is filmed in places only featured by the media when " something " happens. When JR goes there, it's not to amplify the message of the media, nor to contradict it, but to show a reality hidden by the outlook for something sensational. And it's in the context of an ignored normality that the inhabitants of these places take the initiative and invite the media to show what they have built, not what they have suffered.

Women Are Heroes asks without answering fundamental questions. We meet people who switch from tears to laughter, who bear a dark past and want to build a bright future. When we find what is common in the gaze of these women, we get closer to what is universal: the human factor.

The multiplication of images, their instant proliferation and the globalization allow the artists to reconsider their work. JR opens an original way: the participative art. With communities, he creates ephemeral art pieces which are then enriched by comments and reactions. Old women become models for a day, kids are artists for a week, students play the art critics. Participative art, questions the process, the objectives and the status of art.
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