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Juste un mouvement
Just A Movement
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Au Sénégal, le nom d’Omar Blondin Diop est synonyme de crime d’État impuni. En France, il est surtout resté dans l’histoire comme un militant marxiste apparaissant dans La Chinoise, fiction d’anticipation politique de Jean-Luc Godard. Aujourd’hui à Dakar, ses frères et des proches se souviennent de lui tandis que la jeunesse locale joue son propre destin à l’imparfait du présent de la Chine-Afrique.

In Senegal, the name Omar Blondin Diop evokes an unpunished State crime. In France, this name is associated with the marxist militant featuring in La Chinoise, a political futuristic movie by Jean-Luc Godard. Today in Dakar, his brothers and close friends remember him while the local youth is playing with its own destiny under the imperfect present of the China-Africa connection.

"Omar is dead!", a voice cried out in Dakar, 11 May 1973. The eldest of the Blondin Diop family, a young militant philosopher, and the articulate Maoist in Jean-Luc Godard's La Chinoise had allegedly committed suicide in his Gorée Island prison cell. His family and friends did not believe a word of it, demanding that light be shed on this political crime. A phantom haunts the Senegalese capital, itself in a state of unrest.
Juste un Mouvement is a free take on La Chinoise, a Jean-Luc Godard movie shot in 1967 in Paris. Reallocating its roles and characters fifty years later in Dakar, and updating its plot, this new version offers a meditation on the relationship between politics, justice and memory. Although not anymore alive, Omar Blondin Diop, the only actual Maoist student in the original movie, now becomes the key character.
Shot exclusively with non-professional actors and including Omar Blondin Diop’s brothers and friends, everyone in this film performs themselves: a filmmaker, a rapper, a poet, a Chinese worker, a Shaolin master, a Senegalese intellectual, the Minister of Culture of Senegal and the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China.

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