Captured on video, published on the internet and found dead. A digital phantom's tragedy is deconstructed in this tricky and complex film about our modern prejudiced view of a fictional, opinionated media climate. The film investigates the collective social media mind and the authoritative storytelling structures that make you believe in everything you see.
We have written and produced the music for the documentary film Homo Sacer by Lode Kuylenstierna. Homo Sacer was premiered at CPH:DOX in 2015 and was nominated for Best New Nordic Voice at Nordisk Panorama 2016.
About Homo Sacer:
During violent riots in London in 2011, Esau Essadi Green is caught on video as he robs a man who is lying half unconscious on the pavement. When his identity is leaked on the internet shortly after, he is bombarded with insults and threats. His face becomes the symbol for the indifferent selfishness that the English riots was an expression of in the eyes of many – not least compared to the glorious Arab Spring that was sprouting all over North Africa. Esau, however, is a digital phantom made of equal parts prejudice and wishful thinking, as the core of the young artist Lode Kuylenstierna's research in a project about authenticity and the social medias' influence on society's sense of moral judgement. From Libya to Tottenham: the people who in Kuylenstierna's film react to Esau's crime are real enough, and so are their reactions. 'Homo sacer' is Latin and has the double meaning of the sacred and outlawed man. To see the film of the same name is like playing a game where the tricky rules first become clear as you play it.