Film: Olivier Ozier Lafontaine’s “Apocalypse”

Olivier Ozier Lafontaine’s Apocalypse is a short documentary film about the ravages caused by drugs in Martinique. With an original soundtrack by Dominik Coco, the film, shot in Creole and completed by a Caribbean crew, subtly picks apart the complexities of Martinican society. The project was developed initially for a contest gathering works that comment on issues related to drugs in the Caribbean. Apocalypse is Martinican Olivier Ozier Lafontaine’s directorial debut; he has previously worked on other films as assistant director and assistant production manager.

The director says that although the issue of drugs remains the most important axis, “I did not want to make a film on prevention only, so I went on a cinematographic journey. [. . .] I am part of what is called the ‘sacrificed generation,’ i.e. the generation that really saw an explosion of crack trafficking in the West Indies in 90s.” Ozier Lafontaine adds that besides speaking of the consequences of drug use, he wanted to consider what could bring young people to take drugs, explaining that “In addition to the lack of paternal guidance, the myth of  the ‘maman poto mitan,’ the [strong] ‘mère pilier’ [mother-as-central pillar] of the family, is collapsing in the Caribbean [. . .]. Therefore, we have many more young people now fending for themselves.”

Released in 2009, the film has already been selected in various festivals. Among others, the film has screened at the the Portobello Film Festival (London, Caribbean Film Corner, September 2009), Cinamazonia (Guyana, November 2009), Prix de Court (Guadeloupe, April 2010), the Cannes Film Festival (France, 2010), and the Sacramento French Film Festival (California/US, June 2010).

For full article (in French), see http://martinique.rfo.fr/infos/culture/cinema-l-apocalypseselon-oliver-ozier-lafontaine_24158.html

See interview with director (in French), at http://www.fxgpariscaraibe.over-blog.com/article-olivier-ozier-lafontaine-revient-du-festival-de-cannes-51654569.html

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