Un Film dramatique

1 h 54, 2019

What are we doing together? A recurring question for the students of th film group at Dora Maar middle school, and for Éric Baudelaire who worked with them over their four years starting in the 6th grade. Answering this political question – one that involves representations of power, social violence and identity – led them to seek a cinematic form that does justice to the uniqueness of each student, but also to the substance of their group. What are we doing together, if it is neither documentary nor fiction? A dramatic film, perhaps, where time does its work on the students’ bodies and discourse, and where we discover the possibility for each to speak in their own name by filming for others, and to become co-authors of the film and subjects of their own lives • Philippe Mangeot, Marcel Duchamp Prize catalogue
In collaboration with
Anida Ait Abdesselam
Ambrine Belarbi
Andres Castro Henao
Assia Chaihab
Melinda Damis
Alyssa David
Dafa Diallo
Océane El Faqir
Sabou Fofana
Gaëtan Gichtenaere
Lina Ikhlef
Bintou Kamate
Guy-Yanis Kodjo
Ibrahima Konate
Basile Leignel
Gabriel-David Pop
Aissé Sacko
Rabyatou Saho
Mohammed Samassa
Fatimata Sarr
Manelle Zigh
A film by
Éric Baudelaire
Claire Mathon
Alan Guichaoua
Raphaël Vandenbussche
Erwan Kerzanet
Philippe Welsh
Claire Atherton
Graphic Design
Pierre-François Letué
Poulet-Malassis Films・Éric Baudelaire, Alexandra Delage, Hélène Maes
With guidance from
Leslie Guillochon
Manon Bordes
Hervé Mamino
The Dora Maar middle school
In association with
ARTE France・La Lucarne
With support from
Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis・1% artistique
CNC・Fonds d’Aide à l’Innovation Audiovisuelle Documentaire
Région Île-de-France
Fondation Antoine de Galbert
5.1 sound
French with English subtitles
Cinema Guild (USA)
Locarno Festival  
TIFF Wavelengths
New York Film Festival
Indie Memphis, Public Award
Seville European Film Festival  
Mar del Plata
Filmmaker Festival Milano
Punto de Vista Navarra
Review: Students Record the Paris Suburbs, Theo Bugbee, The New York Times, February 2021

A Comic Turn. An Interview with Éric Baudelaire, Erika Balsom, Metrograph, June 2021
Il n’y a pas un monde de l’art, il y en a plein, Sylvain Bourmeau, Éric Baudelaire, AOC, October 2019
Tu peux prendre ton temps, Marcel Duchamp Prize 2019
Looking for a Form, Philippe Mangeot, 2019