My graduation film at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie 2009
The documentary “The joy of Children Laughing” follows the life of an Amsterdam based
street artist that goes by the name Influenz. His actions or way of working are references
to films such as Inside/outside, and the short film Territorial Pissings by Swedish artist Nug.
Influenz talks about a rebellious sub culture that has lost most of it’s power the moment
it got embraced and incorporated by the masses. “The Joy of Children Laughing” questions
the way the graffiti and street art cultures have developed, the stereotypical idea
people have about graffiti and the people involved in it.
The film was nominated for Rietveld Prijs 2009, René Coelho Award 2009
and screened on Nederlands Film Festival 2009 among others.
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