14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Monique and Michel Pinçon-Charlot are a couple of French sociologists, famous for their work on the uber-rich. They should have been enjoying a peaceful retirement in their lovely home in the Paris suburbs. How did they come out on the streets? Why are they shouting to fight against capitalism? The old couple tell us why. With the story of their love that they have cultivated over the past fifty years.
The camera follows the daily life of an elderly sociologist couple without prejudice or interference. There are no set interview scenes or voice over narrations in this documentary. Every scene is filled with the lives of two sociologists that the director captured on camera without directing. Their words and actions about an unequal and absurd society begins with faithfully recording the voices of those who “struggle” on the streets, not at their desks. Although the two have been married for more than 50 years and have studied sociology together for longer, they still meet with other scholars to confirm their own views and workers to hear their grievances. Sometimes, they do not hesitate to meet and listen to acquaintances who are of the “rich” class, whom they criticize so much. The film isn't dogmatic, and the couple's arguments often face sober criticism. When the sound of an explosion is heard from afar and the fleeing citizens kindly warn them to beware of water cannons, the word ‘death’, which the old couple joked about, is not a distant concept to them. A brief scene in which Andre Gorz's book is mentioned leaves a long-lasting impression.
Basile Carré-Agostini is a documentary filmmaker. He worked on current affairs and social TV films among which Ilan Klipper's St. Anne's Psychiatric Hospital(2010), and L'Âge adulte(2012) by Eve Duchemin.