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Le Moindre geste (PG*) + ScreenTalk with Damian Milton

Autism and Cinema

A black and white image of a boy with his back to the camera, by a makeshift grave

First screened in the critics’ week at Cannes Film Festival in 1971, this one-of-its kind docu-drama arises from the work of anti-psychiatry guerrilla Fernand Deligny.

Deligny rejected the oppression of psychiatric institutions and lived with autistic children in experiments, or ‘tentatives’. Shot over two years, Le Moindre geste presents Yves, a young autistic man escaped from a psychiatric institution, and a teen from the local village, as they explore the Cevennes hills. When a situation becomes a crisis, Yves responds with anachronistic offerings that have their own logic.

It screens with Scrapbook, which overlays footage from 1967 in an Ohio residential centre for neurodiverse children with commentary recorded in 2012, and Lightsteps, a short by Project Art Works founder Kate Adams, which helps connects people with complex needs into the heart of cultural life and visual art activity.

Introduced by Queen Mary academic Janet Harbord and followed by a ScreenTalk with Deligny expert Dr Damian Milton.

UK 2020 Dir Kate Adams 3 min

Canada 2015 Dir Mike Hoolboom 18 min digital presentation

Le Moindre geste (The Slightest Gesture)
France 1971 Dirs Jean-Pierre Daniel, Fernand Deligny, Josée Manenti 96 min digital presentation

Total event running time approximately 144 min

How is this screening Relaxed?

A relaxed event takes place in an environment that is specially tailored for a neurodiverse audience, as well as those who find a more informal setting beneficial. 

The cinema environment is tailored to the needs of the audience.

For this screening:

- The lights are dimmed, though not off.

- The volume levels a little lower than usual.

- At the moment, you have to stay in assigned seats, because of Covid-19 safety measures, but you're free to enter and exit the cinema at any time, with easy access for any wheelchair users.

- You're free to make noise in these screenings. 

- Staff are trained and ready to assist with any help the audience may need during these trips to the cinema at Barbican.


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