Why We Fight?

In his debut film, the world-famous choreographer Alain Platel searches for answers as to why certain times are more violent than others, why people seem to have an instinct for violence, why we fight?


Why We Fight?

In his debut film, the world-famous choreographer Alain Platel searches for answers as to why certain times are more violent than others, why people seem to have an instinct for violence, why we fight?The film begins in the rehearsal rooms of his dance company “les ballets C de la B”. The group is developing a new piece.

During the improvisations, they begin to tear their clothes off. Their fears for the future, shaped by wars, violence and identity crises, are discharged in the physical borderline experience. Alain Platel addresses one of the greatest riddles of humanity: Why this violence among people? He interweaves his group’s dance scenes and their deeply moving stories with archive images of war and death – from the protests in Hong Kong to the storming of the Capitol.

One of the dancers is Samir M’Kirech. He is of Arab origin. As a Muslim, he is torn between his faith and religious violence. Another is TK Russell, a war child from the Congo. The only woman in the dance group is Bérengère Bodin, a young mother who struggles with her “sacred” role and sees the social demand for unconditional love for her child as an act of violence.

Alain Platel delves more and more into his subject, looking for answers in art, politics and philosophy. He finds it:“We look violence straight in the eyes in order to uncover certain mechanisms outside and within us. (…) when we know how violence works within us, we might better see how we can change this.

Director: Alain Platel, Mirjam Devriendt
DoP: Mirjam Devriendt
Editor: Dieter Diependaele
Music: Steven Prengels
Archive: Rémonde Panis

Commissioning Editor: Wolfgang Bergmann
Executive Producer: Tuan Lam
Produced by: Christian Beetz, Emmy Oost
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner





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