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Just A Movement / Juste un movement

Non-Fiction 1h 51m 2021

A hybrid essay film that attempts to draw a portrait of the Senegalese activist and intellectual Omar Blondin Diop, who died in unexplained circumstances in the prison of Gorée off the coast of Senegal in 1973. Diop had been one of the leaders of the student protests in Paris in May 1968 and appeared in Godard’s La Chinoise in the role of the Maoist instructor. His life and death have remained a potent symbol of the revolutionary struggle in Africa. Meessen takes La Chinoise (also screened at this year’s festival) as a point of departure and as a methodology to build a complex, multi-layered work from witness accounts, re-enactments, archival documents and contemporary footage. Blending documentary and fictional strategies to place Diop’s legacy into perspective, Just a Movement radicalises Godard’s idea of “a film in the making.”


Vincent Meessen




Belgium, France

Bonus Content

Q&A: Just A Movement

A conversation between Vincent Meesen and Matthew Barrington