Callaway Building

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Documentary - France

Directed by David Dufresne

In French with English subtitles

Callaway Room 145

Synopsis, Unifrance film brochure: Journalist David Dufresne’s first theatrical feature is a devastatingly timely investigation of the place of police in democracy and the legitimacy of violence. Primarily composed of smartphone images filmed at recent demonstrations in France, the film presents a viscerally shocking picture of police brutality and protests transformed into scenes of urban warfare. But Dufresne also allows us a deeper engagement with what we see by confronting a wide variety of participants in one-on-one conversations, a diverse assortment which lends the film several levels, ranging from cinéma-vérité to a meticulous examination of the nature of law enforcement, where anger and cruelty aren’t supposed to interfere in “the requirements of the particular circumstances.” Highly methodical as it asks the question “who has the legitimacy to say someone is violent?”, and it analyses the dangerous state of affairs that emerges when “legality is erased by the suspicion of illegality”, this compelling approach, intellectual yet never Manichean, is further underpinned by powerful emotional components. A shattering and intelligent documentary, The Monopoly of Violence is nothing short of essential viewing, notably as it reminds us that “democracy isn’t but dissensus” and that we should build bridges rather than walls…

In addition to the screening, an interdisciplinary panel of UWG professors will discuss the film: Gavin Lee (Criminology), Erin Lee Mock (Film), Lisa Connell (French), and Neema Noori (Sociology)

Cannes - Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, New York Film Festival

 

 

 

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