Artist Talk: Maxime Jean-Baptiste & Audrey Jean-Baptiste

May 22 , 1:00 pm

 —  2:00 pm

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Écoutez le battement de nos images est un documentaire présentant son lot d’enjeux et d’approches afin d’aborder « le réel » de la conquête spatiale française par la construction de la base spatiale de Kourou (Guyane française). Une réalité qui nous apparaît au travers du regard d’une jeune guyanaise qui observe la transformation de son territoire comme une spectatrice. Avec ce court métrage, les réalisateurs Audrey Jean-Baptiste & Maxime Jean-Baptiste nous présentent une enquête de terrain et un processus de montage d'images d'archives, abordé d’un point de vue inédit.


Animée par Cynthia-Laure Etom, Responsable Programmation et Communication, Le Labo, cette conversation examinera les différentes facettes de cette histoire marquante, de la recherche au scénario jusqu'au montage des images.




An in-depth artist talk with Audrey Jean-Baptiste & Maxime Jean-Baptiste that explores the production of their film Listen to the Beat of our Images, alongside the different facets of the histories explored therein. Moderated by Cynthia-Laure Etom, Programming and Communications Manager, Le Labo.


In French with English subtitles.

  • Maxime Jean-Baptiste is a filmmaker based between Brussels and Paris. He was born and raised in the context of the Guyanese and Antillean diaspora in France, to a French mother and a Guyanese father. His interest as an artist is to dig inside the complexity of Western colonial history by detecting the survival of traumas from the past in the present. His audiovisual and performance work is focused on archives and forms of reenactment as a perspective to conceive a vivid and embodied memory.

  • Audrey Jean-Baptiste is a documentary and narrative filmaker. She works between France and French Guiana. Her films address issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Her first documentary film, Fabulous (2019), was selected at about 50 international festivals such as IDFA. A national release was scheduled for December 9, 2020. Her second movie, Listen to the Beat of Our Images, codirected with her brother Maxime Jean-Baptiste, was selected at CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, and at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Her third film, Goodbye childhood (2021), produced by Grand Huit Films, is currently in post-production.

  • Cynthia-Laure Etom is a global communications consultant, journalist, and media & visual artist, currently based in Toronto. With a strong commitment to human rights and gender equality, her expertise extends to the place and image of women within the media. In 2020, she was nominated by the Canada International Black Women Event (CIBWE) as one of the "100 Black Women to Watch."

Co-presented with

  • Le Labo