In the 1960’s, during the war of independence of Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau, my traditional Czech knitted beanie-hat could be seen on the heads of Amílcar Cabral and his soldiers. Le pouvoir des mailles (« the power of the beanie ») is a journey in search of the origins and meaning of such a mysterious appropriation. The beanie emerges in different contexts, territories, cultures and becomes a prism through which to observe the world and its struggles.
After obtaining a master’s degree in urban planning in Paris (La Sorbonne), Violette studied documentary filmmaking in Prague (FAMU). Living in Prague, she continues to work on various creative projects between Paris, Marseille and Prague: she explores the potential of audiovisual tools as collaborative tools to understand territories through the eyes of their inhabitants.
Current state: development
Scenario & direction: Violette Deffontaines
Writing support by Ile-de-France Region (Paris)
Development support by Czech and Slovak cinematographic funds
A documentary film produced by D1 Film (Czech Republic) & L’Echangeur