We Are Winning, Don’t Forget: Short works by Jean-Gabriel Périot

We Are Winning, Don’t Forget: Short works by Jean-Gabriel Périot

Jean-Gabriel Périot, born in France in 1974, has over the past fifteen years perfected an innovative filmmaking approach by focusing on archival editing. Moving image and photographic archives make up the raw material of his shorts, which are edited to create an impressionistic story or narrative, typically aided by compelling soundtracks. Periot’s work is distinguished for its intense, emotional approach to contemporary and historic political themes.

Despite the labor intensive process of compiling a film via multiple edited images, Périot has made numerous short films using digital video and/or film that reside within combined documentary/essay, animation, and experimental genres. His works have been honored with many prizes and shown worldwide in numerous festivals, institutions, and cinemas. This event is Périot’s first travel to the US. – Sally Berger, Department of Film, MoMA

Périot’s first travel to the US begins at the Museum of Modern Art, as part of Modern Mondays, organized for the Museum by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, The Department of Film, MoMA.  This national tour We Are Winning, Don’t Forget, is organized by Amélie Garin-Davet and Steve Holmgren, and is presented with support from UnionDocs, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Cine2000/French American Cultural Exchange and the Museum of Modern Art.

Special Thanks to VTape, film Re-distribution, Heure Exquise, Light Cone, Envie de Tempête, Local Films and Sacrebleu Production.

Program (9 films – 83 minutes):

Nijuman no borei (200000 Phantoms) 2007, 10 min
Hiroshima, 1914-2006.

The Devil 2012, 7 min
“You don’t know what we are.” A visual history of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Undo 2005, 10 min
Today’s been sad. Tomorrow won’t get any better. Let’s un-do it all over again.

We Are Winning, Don’t Forget 2004, 7 min
We are many, we are uniforms, we smile in the pictures, but we are NOT happy.

The Barbarians 2010, 5 min
If politics were to come back, it could only be from its savage and disreputable fringe.
Then, a muffled rumor shall arise whence that roar is heard: “We are scum! We are barbarian!”
(Alain Brossat)

Even If She Had Been A Criminal… 2006, 10 min
France, Summer 1944. The public punishment of women accused of having affairs with Germans during the war…

#67 2012, 2 min
A film about politics and tomatoes.

Before I Was Sad 2002, 4 min
“Before I was sad” is a very short animation movie about the utopia of integration. It’s the story of a gay man, sad of the gay way of life and trying to be “normal”. The movie shows ironically that integration could destroy all the differences.

Between Dogs And Wolves 2008, 28 min
A young man, looking for a job…