Black Code/Code Noir
by Louis Henderson, UK, France 2015, 21'
SCREENPLAY: Louis Henderson   SOUND: Joseph Munday, Simon Apostolou
PHOTOGRAPHY: Louis Henderson   PRODUCER: Olivier Marboeuf, Cédric Walter
EDITING: Louis Henderson   LANGUAGE: English, french

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2016
The image of a page the Black Codes, the set of laws which starting from 1876, led to racial segregation in South America, is the starting point from which Henderson builds this meditation on contemporary racism. In his work the director has always explored the relationships in force between society and new forms of colonialism. The film shows, in a quick montage, images of the Haitian Revolution, the first American state to gain the independence of the gens de couleur, the modern American police’s security protocols, and the killing, for no apparent reason, of two African Americans, Michael Brown and Powell Kajieme, murdered in the street, respectively in Ferguson and St. Louis (Missouri) by police officers in 2014. The film focuses on the bitter reaction that poured onto the Internet from the black community, and the feeling of unity of African American population shown by web pages. Editing videos recorded on smartphones and archive materials, and referring to the large rallies on social media, the director provides access to historical facts that have marked the lives of African-Americans, on whom the words of Malcolm X and the re-evocation of animist thought of Haitian independence echo.
Louis Henderson
Born in Norwich in 1983, he studied at the London College of Communication and at Le Fresnoy. His works have been exhibited at the FRAC Midi- Pyrénées, Toulouse (2012), the Rotterdam International Film Festival (2010), the CPH: DOX, Copenhagen (2015). He has also shown his works in many museums and biennials, including the Kyiv Biennial, Kievo (2015), the Transmediale, Berlin (2016), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern (2016). In 2015 he received the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artists during the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival, and won the European Short Film Award - T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw (2015). 

Selected Filmography
2015 Black Code/Code noir 2014 All That Is Solid 2013 Lettres du voyant 2012 Logical Revolts2011 A Walk with Nige

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