Europe, rule of law and welcoming continent? Look Away reports on what is happening in many cities in Europe by taking the example of Calais. From the demolition of the “jungle” back in October 2016 to the situation one year later, Arthur shared his everyday life with men and women originally from Sudan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Calais citizens. Highlighting the difference between real life and official statements, this documentary shows the strategy put in place so the exiles would not want to stay there. With unconventional filming methods and the civic eye, the director managed to get footage of the State harassment, the media stage management, but also the mental strength and the sense of humour of the exiles.
The film screening will be followed by a comparative round table discussion on reporting, activism, and research on policing, border violence, and xenophobia in Calais and Johannesburg; with Arthur Levivier (director of “Regarde ailleurs”), Morgane Denieul (legal activist working for the Secours Populaire based in Calais), Madeleine Trépanier (PhD candidate at EHESS, based in Calais), Jan Bornman (journalist at Newframe based in Johannesburg), and Jeanne Bouyat (research fellow at the University of Oxford - DPIR, doing research on xenophobia in South Africa with a focus on low-income schools in Johannesburg). It is organised as part of the workshop 'Politics of “Alterisation”: manufacturing and governing Otherness. Comparative perspectives from European and African contexts'.