26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Chloé Galibert-Laîné
original title: Forensickness
country: France, Germany
year: 2020
running time: 40 min.


This video essay, a work that blurs the lines between film and professional text, is based on the creator's reflection of Chris Kennedy's Watching the Detectives (2017), which depicts the hard work of amateur social detectives on Reddit who try to uncover the perpetrator of a terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston marathon. The film is a kaleidoscope of seemingly incoherent associations, philosophical considerations, and humorous comments, which subtly criticise the current obsession with finding the culprits of tragedies at all costs; and through formal experimentation, the film points to the neurotic need to monitor and punish today's society.
„Too often research stories focus on final results or findings; but that’s not how it’s done! In actuality research involves a lot of wandering – a lot of intellectually “flânerie” if you like – and in many cases the wandering is much more interesting and rich than the results.“ Ch. Galibert-Laîné

Q&A with Chloé Galibert-Laîné:


Chloé Galibert-Laîné is a French filmmaker and academic. She majored in film science and sociology and is currently lecturing at universities in Paris, The Hague, and Stuttgart as a doctoral student. Her work includes film, performance art, video essays, and installations. She is particularly interested in examining the relationship between observation, memory, and online culture.

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director: Chloé Galibert-Laîné
producer: Chloé Galibert-Laîné
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