Diane Poitras

1986, 04:00 minutes, colour, French


One day in Belfast, they hear a prisoner has died, and angry women congregate on the street. Armed with garbage can lids, they bang the ground to mark the bleak courage of the ninth hunger striker to die in silence. Besides bewilderment, what else remains in the stillness after such a singular and pathetic gesture? This next item is the starting point for Comptines.

Un jour à Belfast, en apprenant la mort d'un prisonnier, des femmes en colère se sont réunies sur la place. Et là, un couvercle de poubelle à la main, elles ont martelé le sol pour souligner le triste courage de ce neuvième gréviste de la faim à mourir en silence. Outre le vertige, que reste-t-il lorsque cesse le vacarme d'un geste aussi singulier et presque dérisoire?
C;est ce fait divers qui est à l'origine de ce vidéoclip expérimental pour lequel Marie-Claire Séguin a composéla trame sonore et interprète la chanson.

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