History of an image of police violence. What impact can an image have on reality? Maud Girault
Interview with Antoine Schirer and Emile Costard (directors, motion designers and freelance journalists), Joke Callewaert (lawyer in the PLN law firm) and Nordine Saïdi (member of the Justice for Lamine Bangoura support committee and founding member of Brussels Panthers).
What impact can an image have on reality?
To shed light on this question, each of the speakers looks back on their own experience. Together, they retrace the life of images of police violence, those filmed with smartphones, those from surveillance cameras and those from bodycams. From their shooting to their use in a judicial procedure, through their diffusion on social networks and in journalistic investigations, each stage has its stakes, sometimes concrete like the storage of videos, sometimes legal like the right to film, sometimes sociological, like our biases when we watch a video. At each stage these images are reinterpreted: it is a war of narratives that is played out through them.
This meeting took place at the Cinema Nova on 12 June 2022 as part of the Screenshot cycle Images of revolt, revolting images: what good is cinema? It was organised and presented by Maud Girault as part of the FrArt research project "Copwatching: the war of storytelling" supported by the FNRS and the asbl Art et Recherche.