Jah Intervention

Considering the research of the Brazilian Forum of Public Security (2017), Black people in Brazil are still more than half of the population of the country. Between 2005 and 2015 the number of black people murdered increased by 18% and this also made us the majority of homicide victims, accounting for 71% of all registered bodies. 'Jah Intervention' is a symbolic walk to exhaustion. The intervention proposes the preliminary warm-up that precedes a fight of titans in a boxing ring. The intervention consists of the movement of the performer sensing the sudden fall when affected by perforations by bullets of semi-automatic weapons.

  • Welket Bungué
    Director
    BASTIEN (2016) AGINAL (2018) WOODGREEN (2017) MENSAGEM (2016) BUÔN (2015) E NADA FIZEMOS (2019) WHO THEY ARE (2019) N'SUMANDE TCHALIH HUDI (2019) EU NÃO SOU PILATUS (2019) ARRIAGA (2019)
  • Daniel Santos
    Director
    ExPerimetral
  • Welket Bungué
    Writer
    BASTIEN (2016) AGINAL (2018) WOODGREEN (2017) MENSAGEM (2016) BUÔN (2015) E NADA FIZEMOS (2019) WHO THEY ARE (2019) N'SUMANDE TCHALIH HUDI (2019) EU NÃO SOU PILATUS (2019) ARRIAGA (2019)
  • Welket Bungué
    Producer
    BASTIEN (2016) AGINAL (2018) WOODGREEN (2017) MENSAGEM (2016) BUÔN (2015) E NADA FIZEMOS (2019) WHO THEY ARE (2019) N'SUMANDE TCHALIH HUDI (2019) EU NÃO SOU PILATUS (2019) ARRIAGA (2019)
  • Welket Bungué
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Santos
    Director Of Photography
    ExPerimetral
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Intervenção Jah
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Dance, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 29, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Screen.Dance Film Festival 2020 | SPECIAL MENTION Prize
    Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
    United Kingdom
    June 20, 2020
    SPECIAL MENTION Prize
  • Stockholm Dansfilmfestival 2019
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    November 3, 2019
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Lagos Fringe 2019
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    November 22, 2019
    African Premiere
    Official Selection
  • XXIX Festival Internacional de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro – Curta Cinema
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    November 4, 2019
    Official Selection - Panorama Carioca
  • XIV Afrykamera Festival
    Warsaw, Kraków
    Poland
    December 15, 2019
    Polish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 7th MIRA - Festival De Cine Latinoamericano Independiente
    Bonn
    Germany
    November 12, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 17th Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
    Colorado
    United States
    August 13, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 13th Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbul: Brasil, África, Caribe e Outras Diásporas
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    October 27, 2020
    Official Selection
  • II Mostra Itinerante de Cinemas Negros - Mahomed Bamba
    Salvador da Bahia
    Brazil
    August 14, 2019
    Official Selection
  • II Mostra de Cinemas Negros Brasileiros
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    August 4, 2019
    Brazilian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cine Esquema Novo 2019 - Arte Audiovisual Brasileira
    Porto Alegre
    Brazil
    November 21, 2019
    Official Selection
  • YMOTION'19 - Festival e Mostra de Cinema Jovem de Famalicão
    Famalicão
    Portugal
    November 5, 2019
    Portuguese Premiere
    Official Selection
  • IV FIORENZO SERRA FILM FESTIVAL
    Sassari
    Italy
    November 24, 2019
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • II Mostra Negritude Infinita
    Fortaleza
    Brazil
    November 5, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Festival CinemaZERO 2019
    Trento
    Italy
    December 1, 2019
    Italian Premiere
    Backstage Spuntino Section
  • InShadow - Lisbon Screen Dance Festival'19
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    November 26, 2019
    Official Selection
  • IMAJITARI - International Dance Film Festival'19
    Jakarta
    Indonesia
    December 12, 2019
    Asian Premiere
    Official Selection - International Competition
  • VI Greensboro Dance Film Festival
    Greensboro
    United States
    February 15, 2020
    USA Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Moovy Tanzfilmfestival 2020
    Köln
    Germany
    April 17, 2020
    German Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 8th Choreoscope Intl.l Dance Film Festival Barcelona
    Barcelona
    Spain
    September 14, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Screen.Dance Film Festival 2020
    Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
    United Kingdom
    June 20, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Mostra Curta Diáspora – Of Color Tv
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    June 25, 2020
    Official Selection - "Europe Is Not My Center" Section
  • 13th Mirrors and Mirages - African Film Series

    Argentina
    November 16, 2020
    Argentinian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 14th CineBH International Film Festival
    Belo Horizonte
    Brazil
    October 30, 2020
    MOSTRA Welket Bungué
  • Cine Esquema Novo de Janelas Abertas 2020
    Berlin
    Germany
    December 11, 2020
    Cine Esquema Novo de Janelas Abertas – Arte Audiovisual Brasileira 2020
  • 18th Online Performance Art Festival

    United States
    December 21, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Mostra Semana de Cinema Negro de Belo Horizonte 2021
    Belo Horizonte
    Brazil
    April 10, 2021
    Secção "Gritos e Fabulações de cura"
  • IV Mostra Ousmane Sembène
    Salvador
    Brazil
    March 21, 2021
    “Cinema & Periférico” Master Class com Welket Bungué
  • 71st Berlinale - Berlinale Talents
    Berlin
    Germany
    March 2, 2021
    "In Contact: The Politics of Moving Bodies" Master Class by Welket Bungué
  • INVISIBLE WOMEN, PART 1 | Programa EXCEL & Royal Cineclube
    Lisboa
    Portugal
    June 18, 2021
    Curated by Catarina Boieiro & Raquel Schefer
  • Mostra Corpo-Imagem-Movimento by CRDançaBH
    Belo Horizonte
    Brazil
    October 6, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Exhibition | A Black Perspective on the Modern World
    New York City
    United States
    February 10, 2022
    Culture Lab LIC
  • Exhibition | A menor distância entre dois pontos é um risco
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    February 12, 2022
    Espaço Cultural OASIS
  • Screendances for a Diverse World
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 11, 2022
    University of Roehampton
    Curated by Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
Distribution Information
  • KUSSA Productions
    Country: Portugal
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Welket Bungué, Daniel Santos

Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, was born in Xitole (Guinea-Bissau) on February 7th, 1988. He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor and film director based in Berlin, a co-founder of Kussa Productions. He holds a degree in Theater from the Actors branch (ESTC / Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Performance (UniRio / Brazil). He is a Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema, the Deutsche Filmakademie, and a member of the European Film Academy since 2021. Its films have been screened on several international film festivals, such as Berlinale, ABFF (US), Africlap (France), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlin), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Rio de Janeiro IFF, and the Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. He also directed the short films 'Mudança' (2021), 'I Am Not Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019), and 'Bastien'(2016) in which he was distinguished with the “Best Actor Award” and “Best First Film Award” by Shortcutz Awards 2017. In 2019 he was awarded with an “Angela Award - On The Move” at the Subtitle Festival in Kilkenny (Ireland), by Richard Cook and Steve Cash. Welket Bungué starred the cast of 'Joaquim', by Marcelo Gomes (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2017), 'Body Electric' (IFFR 2017), 'Kaminey' (2009), by Vishaal Bahardwaj, 'Letters From War' (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2016), by Ivo M. Ferreira. In 2020 Welket won the "MAAT Grand Prize - FUSO Intl. Festival of Video Art of Lisbon" with his film 'Metalheart', also starred Franz Biberkopf in 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Berlinale 2020), directed by Burhan Qurbani, which lead him to a nomination as “Best Male Lead” at the LOLA awards of the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis), and grant him a “Aluminum Horse Prize” for “Best Actor” at the Stockholm Intl. Film Festival. In 2021, he won the 'Cinema Industry Prestige Award' at the 25th RDP Africa - Prestige Award Cerimony (Portugal). Welket is part of the main cast of the new film from David Cronenberg, 'Crimes of the Future', among the actors Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.
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Welket Bungué é artista transdisciplinar, de etnia balanta. Considera-se de origem guineense-português, tendo nascido na Guiné-Bissau (região de Xitole) a 7 de Fevereiro de 1988. Reside em Berlim, mas trabalha artisticamente ao nível internacional. É co-fundador da produtora KUSSA, faz locução para entidades internacionais, desenvolve Escrita Dramática, Argumento de Cinema, Performances e Teatro. É licenciado em Teatro no ramo de Atores (ESTC/Lisboa) e pós-graduado em Performance (UniRio/RJ). É Membro Permanente da Academia Portuguesa de Cinema desde 2015, membro da Deutsche Filmakademie desde 2020, e membro associado da Academia Europeia de Cinema desde 2021. Os seus filmes têm circulado internacionalmente por inúmeros festivais de cinema tais como Berlinale, ABFF (EUA), Africlap (França), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlim), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Fest. Intl. de Cinema do Rio de Janeiro ou o Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. Welket realizou as curtas-metragens 'Eu Não Sou Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019) e 'Bastien'(2016) no qual foi distinguido com os prémios “Melhor Ator” e “Melhor Primeira Obra” nos prémios Shortcutz 2017 em Viseu e Ovar respetivamente. Em 2019 foi distinguido com o prémio “Angela Award - On The Road” no Subtitle Festival em Kilkenny, na Irlanda. Em 2020 Welket é o protagonista de 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Comp. Intl. Berlinale 2020), realizado por Burhan Qurbani, em que a sua interpretação lhe valeu uma indicação ao Urso de Prata, uma nomeação como “Melhor Ator Principal” nos prémios LOLA da Academia Alemã de Cinema (Deutscher Filmpreis), e ainda o prémio “Cavalo de Alumínio” para “Melhor Ator” no Festival Internacional de Cinema de Estocolmo. Welket está a terminar a escrita do seu primeiro livro 'Corpo Periférico', um ensaio autobiográfico sobre a produção de cinema de autor com base no conceito homónimo de "cinema de autorrepresentação".

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Director Statement

PT: 'Intervenção Jah' é uma performance realizada por Welket Bungué. É uma ação performática com origem no caso da cidadã Cláudia da Silva Ferreira, moradora da comunidade/favela de Congonhas, na zona norte do Rio de Janeiro, que foi mortalmente baleada por PM's na manhã de 16 de Março de 2014. Na tentativa de prestar socorro ao corpo da cidadã em desfalecimento, ela foi levada na bagageira do carro da polícia militar que inesperadamente acabou por-se abrir e fazer com que o corpo dela tombasse sobre o asfalto e fosse arrastada por cerca de 250 metros. Esta performance revive esse acontecimento de forma simbólica, mas se propõe a sensibilizar sobre a desumanização e o isolamento perverso a que as comunidades periféricas e os seus moradores (maioritariamente afrodescendentes) estão sendo vítimas. Em média um indíviduo com altura entre 1,70m a 1,90m dá cerca de dois passos a cada três metros, o que significaria dizer que para percorrer um espaço de 250m esse mesmo indivíduo teria de dar cerca de 357 passos. Em 'Intervenção Jah' o performer se oferece como receptáculo de lamentações, pensamentos, indignações e questionamentos pessoais. A intervenção visa uma caminhada simbólica até à exaustão. A intervenção propõe o aquecimento pré-liminar que antecede um combate de titãs num ringue de boxe. A intervenção consiste no movimento do performer intuindo a queda repentina quando afetado por perfurações por balas de armas semi-automáticas. Este é um filme dirigido no Morro dos Prazeres (Rio de Janeiro). O filme tem como objetivo, imageticamente, discurar da "hegemonização" dos territórios em função das classes que os populam em detrimento de outros lugares periféricos, e ou marginalizados, onde as forças da opressão atuam indescriminadamente fazendo valer as suas vontades e pretensões subjetivas, veladas numa ideia de serviço "público". As pessoas negras no Brasil ainda representam mais de metade da população do país. Entre 2005 e 2015 o número de pessoas negras assassinadas aumentou 18% e isso nos tornou também a maior parte das vítimas de homicídio, tendo correspondido a 71% do total de corpos registrados. (ver Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública - 2019)

ENG: 'Jah Intervention' is a performance created by Welket Bungué. It is a performance action originated in the case of the Brazilian citizen Cláudia da Silva Ferreira, a resident of the community/favela of Congonhas, in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro, who was fatally shot by PMs on the morning of March 16th, 2014. In an attempt to lend the body of the citizen in disarray, she was taken in the boot of the military police car that unexpectedly ended up opening and causing her body to fall on the asphalt and be dragged for about 250 meters. This performance revives this event in a symbolic way but proposes to bring awareness about the dehumanization and perverse isolation that peripheral communities and their inhabitants (mostly Afro-descendants) are being victimized. On average, an individual with a height of between 1.70m and 1.90m gives about two steps every three meters, which would mean that to walk a space of 250m this same individual would have to give about 357 steps. In 'Jah Intervention' the performer proposes himself as a receptacle of lamentations, thoughts, indignations and personal inquiries. The intervention aims at a symbolic walk to exhaustion. The intervention proposes the pre-liminary warm-up that precedes a fight of titans in a boxing ring. The intervention consists of the movement of the performer sensing the sudden fall when affected by perforations by bullets of semi-automatic weapons.