Cover of Make, Do, With – Faire Avec, Les presses du réel, Paraguay Press, English or French, 2022
Produced in the wake of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, the film traces the journey and trial of a young man from the suburbs of Paris who travelled via Egypt to Syria to join the Al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda). The subject’s path to radicalism is explored both through judicial transcripts and through a series of landscape shots filmed at the locations traversed by the subject: a biography determined not by what the subject did, but by what the subject saw. In this way, Baudelaire’s film positions itself as both a remake and a test of the landscape theory proposed by Japanese filmmaker Masao Adachi in his 1969 masterpiece A.K.A. Serial Killer
, questioning how these landscapes reflect the social and political structures that form the backdrop for this journey of alienation and return.
This screening is part of 3+3: Éric Baudelaire
, a project presenting three films by the French filmmaker, and three films of his choice.
Make, Do, With
, written by Erika Balsom and Marcella Lista, will be available at a discount rate at the ICA Box Office.
Read more about Éric Baudelaire’s selection here