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Black Code/Code Noir

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"'Black Code/Code Noir' unites temporally and geographically disparate elements into a critical reflection on two recent events: the murders of Michael Brown and Kajieme Powell by police officers in the U.S. in 2014. Archaeologically, the film argues that behind this present situation is a sedimented history of slavery, preserved by the Black Code laws of the colonies in the Americas. These codes have transformed into the algorithms that configure police Big Data and the necropolitical control of African Americans today. Yet how can we read in this present? How can we unwrite the sorcery of this code as a hack? Through a historical détournement the film suggests the Haitian Revolution as the first instance of the Black Code’s hacking and as a past symbol for a future hope." Louis Henderson
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2015 - Experimenta Strand


Type of film
Running Time
21 mins
Louis Henderson
Olivier Marboeuf
Executive Producer
Spectre Productions
Louis Henderson
Director of Photography
Louis Henderson
Joseph Munday, Simon Apostolou
Principal Cast
Ana Gabriella Pereira Vaz (Voice-over)

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Last updated 29th September 2015

Production Company

UK, France coproduction

Spectre Productions
Olivier Marboeuf


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