When we’re out of words, the body takes over.
So far the dancers Bérengrère Bodin, Samir M'Kirech and TK Russell agree, when you ask them: why are we fighting? Based on their personal experiences, they look for the why of violence around them in the world, but also the violence in themselves. How do you deal with fear, frustration and disappointment in today's world, where you feel unheard or misunderstood? Is it at all possible to act in a non-violent way? Or is that privilege reserved for those who create dance, music, art or words?
With their film Why We Fight? Alain Platel and Mirjam Devriendt pay tribute to the arts, but also to humanity, that always seems to balance between creating something spectacularly beautiful or horribly cruel.
Inspired by the dance performance Nicht Schlafen by Alain Platel
Director of photography
Christian Beetz, Tuan Lam
companies Cassette for timescapes, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, Onomatopee Films
In coproduction with
ZDF in association with ARTE, VRT Canvas, RTBF Télévision belge – Unité Documentaire
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Creative Europe MEDIA of the European Union, The Pascal Decroos Fund, City of Ghent, Culture Ghent, The Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government via Flanders Tax Shelter, The Corona Emergency Fund of the Flanders Government