Nijuman no Borei (200,000 fantômes / 200,000 phantoms), 2007
Jean-Gabriel Périot is an artist and
filmmaker who has built up a unique cinematic oeuvre that is both provocative and
deeply moving. His films consist of an assembly of existing moving and
photographic images, supported by engaging soundtracks. In his films, Périot
confronts us with themes that relate to war and peace, global economic and
political issues, and human rights.
Nijuman no Borei (200,000 fantômes / 200,000 phantoms) confronts us with the effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The Genbaku dome, one of the few large buildings that was still standing after the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, serves as a metaphor for this reminder. A series of archival photos that are all focused on this dome form the basis of the film. The photos were taken between 1914 and 2006, and reflect the daily life of the city’s inhabitants. “This disaster should empower us in the here and now to deal with everything that our current world is destroying.”