Documenting Breaking

B-Boy Lilou — Nigeria, 2017

My life would have been very different if I didn’t discover breaking in Summer 2001, at the age of 16. I soon picked up my first camera to film my friends and our first battles in South West France.

I remained an average B-Boy, but things got off on the filmmaking side. I joined the media Style2ouf, one of the main website for breaking at that time, and started shooting dancers, crews and battles. I learnt how to produce, shoot, edit and promote my work.

Unexpectedly, this took me to more than 35 countries, from USA to China, Brazil, Nigeria… Over a decade, I made dozens of videos for international dance events including IBE, R16 Korea, Chelles Pro, Juste Debout… I got the chance to work with some of my dance idols, and also to meet hidden talents, in El Salvador or Sudan…

A battle in Omdurman, Sudan 2016

As my career shifted toward journalism, I stopped covering international competitions. I now aim to develop documentary films projects and tell meaningful breaking stories. In 2024, I coproduced a short story about Camps Breakers, the B-Boys of Gaza Strip. I’m currently wrapping a short doc for Le Monde, coming up next July.

(And I still practice every week!)


Selected videos

↑ The Breakerz of Gaza Strip (2024)
English version (Stance) / Version française (Loopsider)
Teaser IBE Festival 2010


↑ Trailer IBE Festival 2008


↑ Trailer Chelles Battle Pro 2007


↑ R16 Korea 2015 Opening Clip


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


More

↑ B-Boy Barry – Nigeria, 2017
↑ B-Boy Lilou – Nigeria, 2017
↑ B-Boy Ayman – Qatar, 2015