JDL - Behind the Wall

by Deborah Faraone Mennella

Biografilm Art & Music

Doc, International Premiere

(Netherlands / 2023 / 52’)


Judith de Leeuw (aka JDL) is among the most famous Dutch street artists, internationally recognized for her works addressing social issues. The film recounts a year in her life and the creation of the 30-meter high mural Love Is Stronger than Death in Taranto's Paolo VI neighborhood, where many have lost families from illnesses related to the nearby ILVA plant. JDL's works have as their common denominator the urgency of giving voice to the oppressed. But the Taranto mural also becomes an opportunity to express a private feeling, because it was made by the artist at a time of serious mourning.

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