“We Can’t Stop the Brawls Series After Six Episodes”

“I had no tears, it’s like I was in a desert. In his living room in the south of Paris, Aoua replays the film of the events of January 13, 2018, when his son Hismaël, 15, was stabbed to death in a fight. One in the family had called Aoua to tell him that his son’s cousin had been injured in rue de la Roquette. But when they arrive at the scene of the fight, police say it is his son who has been killed.

“Hismo,” as everyone called him, played football, rapped in a band, and was looking for an internship in high school. A teenager like any other whose life was torn off on a sidewalk in the 11th arrondissement. Young people from a rival neighborhood had come to celebrate a friend’s birthday. But the situation degenerates with the children of La Roquette. Insults, fights, stabbings and death at the end of the infernal circle.

In 2020, according to a document from the police prefecture’s gang plan monitoring unit, which Le Parisien revealed, three young people died and 280 were injured in fights in Paris alone. The extent of the phenomenon is difficult to quantify at the national level as many fights pass under the radar.

A poorly covered topic in the media

“Rival gangs”, “violence on the basis of drug trafficking”, these are the words we have become accustomed to reading and hearing about the subject of fights. These confusions are often hidden in miscellaneous box. This would be the problem of increasingly dangerous and violent young people. But reality is much more complex and we cannot save lives if we do not understand it.

Unfortunately, Few funds have been launched today to prevent these wars between young people from neighborhoods, and this topic remains largely invisible or poorly covered in the media. That’s why in the spring of 2021, we’re launching season 1 of Rixes, a six-episode documentary series that takes you to the heart of working-class neighborhoods to meet the men, women, and children whose lives have changed due to the city wars. What makes children kill each other? Who is affected by the fights? How do families deal with this grief? These were the questions we wanted to answer.


In our first episode, there was Enzo, who was hit by a shotgun in the calf, and whose recovery we had followed. Fatou, whose little brother Waly, 14, was killed in Paris in a fight. Hadjira and her family, still mourning Redouane, were killed in his neighborhood because he would not have shaken hands properly.

We wanted to carry out this project, which we believe is useful, without distorting the brutal reality that puts teenagers on their backs. We wanted to raise awareness on the subject of fights by giving a voice to those directly affected.

The floor of those concerned

This series was conceived with Adama Camara, a Gargeois, whom we interviewed in 2018. If these mutilated young people, these grieving sisters and mothers confided in him, it is because their experiences go hand in hand with the young activist’s personal story. In 2011, his little brother Sada was stabbed to death at Garges-Sarcelles station in Val d’Oise. Three years later, Adama Camara takes revenge and shoots the manager’s brother and his friends present at the scene. They are wounded but escape death. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted murder. Today free, he leads actions on the ground to combat violence in working-class neighborhoods.

It is urgent with a new season

Since the release of season 1, other young people have died in fights. One thing stood out to us:

“We can not stop this show after only six episodes.”

And we have other questions: Many women testified in our first episodes, but what is the place of fathers? In 2021, more young girls died in fights, why are they also affected? How does the court handle these cases? How do the aggressors live once in prison? How do the families of the aggressors live with this violence?

The first season received over eight million views across platforms. The series was shown in more than a hundred popular neighborhoods by Adama Camara. It has served as a support to associations and training workshops set up to reduce this violence. We want to continue this information work, which is more urgent than ever.

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