B-Boy Lilou — Nigeria, 2017

My first taste of filmmaking was through hip-hop, namely breaking. I started dancing at the age of 17, and quickly picked up a camera to shoot my crew and our first battles.

I remained a second-rate dancer, but things got off on the filmmaking side, and I became intimately involved in the culture. I joined the media style2ouf.com, one of the main online communities for breaking at the time, and started shooting dancers and competitions.

Unexpectedly, this took me to more than 35 countries, from USA to Japan, Brazil, China… I made dozens of videos for international dance events, including IBE, R16 Korea, Juste Debout, Red Bull BC One… Doing so I learnt how to produce, to shoot, to edit… I got the chance to work with some of my dance heroes (Lilou, Neguin, The End…) and also with hidden talents in places like Sudan, Kyrgystan and El Salvador.

I paused this work in 2016 as my career turned toward journalism. I’m currently catching up with it, developping a documentary film project. (And I practice breaking every week!)

Shooting a promo video with Lil Amok and C-Lil — South Korea, 2011

IBE 2010 Promo

My most noticed video is probably the 2010 promo clip for The Notorious IBE festival. It’s a 3 min fictional piece inspired by a Nike commercial, shot in France, Holland and Korea. It tells the story of a rising b-boy, and stars a number of legends including Hong 10, Benji, Marcio, Mennoh, Niek, Brahim, Neguin, and many more.

“IBE Is Me”, 2010 – Written and directed with Sylvain Venere

Selected films

↑ Trailer Chelles Battle Pro 2007

↑ Trailer IBE 2008

↑ R16 Korea 2015 Opening Clip

↑ B-Boy Lilou, dancer without borders (Le Monde, 2017)
Shot in Nigeria


Sunset at Mighty All Styles battle — Sudan, 2016
↑ B-Boy Barry – Nigeria, 2017
↑ B-Boy Lilou – Nigeria, 2017
↑ BBoy Ayman – Qatar, 2015