Quebec Premiere

The Flag

Yasser, a human rights activist, explores Paris to share a neglected truth, while Joseph, a filmmaker, accompanies him to analyze France's identitarian withdrawal through the evolution of political and media discourse over five decades. Their quest confronts the present with history to grasp the continuing regression of our freedoms. 


Yasser, a human rights activist, travels the length and breadth of Paris, by car, on foot and on public transport, to deliver a message that no one wants to hear. Filmmaker Joseph follows him and tracks the phenomenon of identitarian withdrawal in France, dissecting media and political discourse over five decades. Confronting current events with archives, Joseph and Yasser seek to understand why our freedoms have been steadily declining for several years.

Theme(s): , Democracy, Human Rights, Politics, Racism, Sociology


Director | , Joseph Paris
Year | , 2022
Country | , France
Duration | 93 minutes
Original language | , French
Subtitles | , English



Joseph Paris


Joseph Paris, a pioneer in the use of open licenses in video art, co-founded the collective Kassandre with other filmmakers, blending formal and legal experimentation. He contributed to the series Exterminate All The Brutes by Raoul Peck for HBO and directed "Mourir gracieusement," a 24-hour live cinema event on YouTube. Recently, "La Nuit des hiéroglyphes" at the Institut de France marks his fourth collaboration with Benjamin Lazar, following video creations for "Heptaméron" and Maldoror," and the film La Forêt des masques,"featured in the 2022 Toyen exhibition at the Musée d'art moderne de Paris.


FIFDH · CPH DOX · États généraux du film documentaire · Festival des Libertés · Movies that matter · Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival



1 July 2024 at 21h15

Parc des Faubourgs 

A discussion with Laurence Guénette, coordinator and spokesperson of the Ligue des droits et libertés, will follow the screening.