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Black Code/Code Noir

Louis Henderson
France, United Kingdom 2015 / 21’

The high-profile murders of Michael Brown and Kajieme Powell in 2014, which were the result of police aggression, provided director Louis Henderson with an impetus to look into the cause of this violence. His research reaches all the way back to slavery and living conditions in the 17th century. Henderson’s latest experimental film, just like his earlier works, blurs the line between documentary and fiction, using the language of computer animation and the Internet.

Patryk Tomiczek

Louis Henderson

Louis Henderson is a filmmaker whose works investigate the connections between colonialism, technology, capitalism and history. Henderson graduated from London College of Communication with a first class BA honours in 2007, from Le Fresnoy – studio national des arts contemporains with a special mention of the jury in 2013, and in 2016 completed a Superior Diploma in Research in Art from the European School of Visual Arts. His research seeks to formulate an archaeological method within film practice reflecting on animistic materialism. Henderson has shown his work at places such as; Rotterdam International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, New York Film Festival, The Kiev Biennial 2015, The Centre Pompidou, Louisiana museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Video Artist at the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA, and a European Short Film Award - New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland. His work is distributed by Lux (UK) and Video Data Bank (USA).

Selected filmography

2010 A Walk With Nigel (doc., short)
2012 Logical Revolts (doc., short)
2013 Lettres du Voyant (doc., short)
2014 Wszystko, co stałe / All That is Solid (short)
2015 Black Code / Code Noir (short)
2016 The Sea is History

Cast & Crew

director Louis Henderson
screenplay Louis Henderson
cinematography Louis Henderson, archival footage
editing Louis Henderson
sound Joseph Munday
producer Olivier Marboeuf
production Spectre Productions
language English
colouration b&w