Zeal & Ardor's bold mix of Black Metal, old work songs and field hollers by African-American slaves is politically explosive.
With his band Zeal & Ardor Swiss-American musician Manuel Gagneux was catapulted overnight from the underground to the big stages of the world. The bold mix of Black Metal and old work songs and field hollers by African-American slaves - his answer to a racist provocation on the Internet - is politically explosive. Religion, racism, segregation and appropriation; artist Manuel Gagneux questions and breaks all kinds of taboos with his music. But being praised as a new kind of leader by his fans pushes the introverted artist into an existential crisis. Can he find a way to protect his creative integrity and deal with oversized expectations?
Dirs. Olivier Joliat, Matthias Willi | Switzerland | 2023 | 72 mins