Maxime Jean‑Baptiste Brussels
Maxime Jean-Baptiste is a filmmaker based between Brussels and Paris. He was born and raised in the context of the Guianese and Antillean diaspora in France, to a French mother and a Guianese 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. His first film NOU VOIX (2018) was selected in about thirty festivals and art exhibitions and was awarded the Jury Prize at Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris. His second movie, LISTEN TO THE BEAT OF OUR IMAGES (2021), co-directed with his sister Audrey Jean-Baptiste was selected at CPH:DOX (Special Mention), Hotdocs, ISFF Clermont-Ferrand, Sundance Film Festival, IDFA among many others. His last film, MOUNE Ô (2022) had its premiere at the Berlinale (Forum Expanded), in february 2022.
Sophye Soliveau is a singer and harpist. Inspired by African American music since she was a child, she composes and directs her own music. Passionate about vocal harmonies ranging from Francis Poulenc to Bobby McFerrin, she also runs several vocal ensembles (Maré Mananga, Oshun and L’Atelier chorale) in which improvisation and the connection with music of African descent and particularly gospel, R’n’B and soul are central. She also sings and plays percussion in the Réunion maloya group Seksion Maloya and Afro-jazz group Àbájade.