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Memories from Gehenna2015. France. 56 min.
Director: Thomas Jenkoe
J.D. loads his rifle and drives through Grande-Synthe, France, in search of people with an immigrant background. His hatred-fueled hunt results in the murder of a 17-year-old North African boy. Ten years later, this film follows the murderer’s odyssey and confronts the urban metamorphosis. Retracing the events of the racist homicide in an attempt to question the malfunctions within this urban community, director Thomas Jenkoe scrutinizes the hostile impact of xenophobia. J.D.’s voice is reconstructed in the documentary from his criminal case report.
Supported by the UVA Department of French and the UVA European Studies Program