Also Known As JihadiEric Baudelaire
D, G: Eric Baudelaire
F: Claire Mathon, Alan Guichaoua
E: Claire Atherton
S: Nicolas Becker, Claire Atherton
P: Olivier Marboeuf, Eric Baudelaire,
Alexandra Delage, Cédric Walter
CP: Spectre Productions
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In 1969, avant-garde Japanese film director Masao Adachi directedA.K.A. Serial Killer, a portrait of a 19-year-old serial killer Noro Nagayama that illustrates Adachi’s "landscape theory”, according to which once a landscape is well-described and skilfully filmed, it can reveal the structures of oppression that have shaped it and that it keeps transmitting. Éric Baudelaire’s famous first feature film was about Adachi, but the issue of landscape caught between its double status –at once a silent enigma and a text to decipher– is also driving his other films and photography work. In this one, Baudelaire takes over the "landscape” method and applies it to a young French jihadist. Exploiting some legal documents, the film follows the life path of a young man who was born in Vitry. The camera films the maternity hospital, then the boy’s high school, his university, his work place, then his trip to Egypt, Turkey and finally the road to Aleppo, where he joined the Al-Nusra front in 2012.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1973, he studied at Brown University. He made the short films [SIC] (2009) and The Makes (2010), and the feature length films L’Anabase de May et Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi et 27 années sans images (2011), The Ugly One (2013) and Letters to Max (2014), all of which were widely shown on the international film festival circuit.