We Film the People !
(Documentary, France / Poland, 2012, 57’, C / B&W, Fr ST)
by Ania Szczepanska
How did filmmakers trained and financed by the Polish state manage to carry out an open critique of the communist system to the point of filming the fall of a regime they were supposed to serve ?
“If the documentary remains formally within the bounds (archive images, talking heads and the director’s voice-over, which is sometimes embodied on the screen), and if one can be frustrated by the constraints inherent in its duration and all that it is obliged to leave out, Nous filmons le peuple! succeeds in its rather complex challenge: that of showing, in less than an hour, how a few men have restored its nobility to the capacity for dialogue between the fabric of reality and fction, one feeding the other, contradicting it, exposing it, and even, and this is rare, infuencing it. A salutary and necessary movement in our age of mediocrity, and one that reminds us of what fction can do when man begins to struggle.” Jean- Nicolas Schoeser, in the Blu-ray edition of the flm, 2015