La viande + L'amour
The Mill & the Cross
Poet of the Elephant House
The Autumn Man
Your Mind is Bigger Than all
La favola del pennello/
The Tree Lover
in the land of the cranes/
I think of myself - and the left
Hiding behind the camera
|Sweden 2003, 10 min, 35 mm, b/w, 1:1.66, Dolby SR|
|Director: Esaias Baitel|
|The Zone is a story about Rock 'n' Roll and dreams of Harley Davidsons. It is a story about Hells Angels and Nazi symbols, and about sex, drugs, hate and violence.|
|Director/ screenplay /photographs||Esaias Baitel|
|Director of photography||Harry Tuvanen|
|Copist still photographs||Edouard Palliet|
|Assistant editor||Petra Ahlin|
|Sound mix||Owe Svensson/Studio 24|
With permission from Universal Music and Pimiento Music
Le Bon Temps du Rock ´n´ Roll
With permission from Universal Music AB and BMG
Mon Petit Loup
With permission from Universal Music AB and Warner/Chappel
With permission from Uniiversal Music AB and Warner/Chappell
Produced by Bokomotiv - De Geer & Olsson AB with support from the Swedish Film Institute/ film commissioner Hjalmar Palmgren in co-operation with IKON - Story AB for SVT Dokumentary
In the nineteen seventies, photographer Esaias Baitel lived in France, in the Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers, for five years, which, among other things, resulted in a book and an exhibition that has toured the world.
Esaias was born in Trelleborg, Sweden, in 1949, where his father, originally from a small Polish town, arrived in 1945 from a camp in Lübeck, Germany. His mother escaped from Latvia. After graduating from Uppsala University, Esaias Baitel has in the ensuing twenty-five years established himself as a world-class photographer. His stories have been published in all the great magazines, like Paris Match, Time and Newsweek.
The Zone describes a neighborhood where motor bikes, rock and roll, and swastikas go hand in hand. In order to get close to these ”Rockers”, Esaias had to tell them that he was a Swede of Walloon origin. To introduce himself as a Jew in this environment would not have been cool. The photos do not show lost or mislead youths, but take us very close to a integrated subculture, with entire families and small children.
There are a lot of films and documentaries about the problems that immigrants encounter in France. Here we get to see the pictures of the other side. Confrontations are not hard to imagine. Esaias Baitel’s photos pointed towards the future. In the nineteen seventies, he documented something that later was to erupt throughout Europe: the different forms and shapes of neo nazism. The photos are accompanied by Esaias Baitel’s texts, describing his experiences living among the Rockers.