So Help Me God is the first ever feature length Strip-Tease documentary.
Strip-Tease is a Belgian television documentary program created in 1985 by the Belgian RTBF. It became a popular and critical success, celebrated for coining a new idiom representing everyday life in Belgium and France. These observations and sketches, often very funny or emotional, sometimes turned to the disturbing. It was the TV before reality TV, in which storytelling gave real people an epic dimension. Their aim was to create a new kind of documentary in which the commentators disappeared, giving the subjects themselves a platform from which to speak and gradually “undress” or reveal their private lives to the audience, allowing viewers to learn about them on a deeper, uncensored level.
The extraordinary, offbeat judge Anne Gruwez takes us behind the scenes of real life criminal investigations. For three years the satirical team behind the cult TV series Strip-Tease captured what no one had dared film before. Unapologetic and politically incorrect. You won’t believe your eyes.
It’s not cinema: it’s worse!
2017 – France, Belgium – French – 99 min
Original title: NI JUGE, NI SOUMISE
ANGERS PREMIERS PLANS, France 2018
TROMSO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Norway 2018
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, US 2018
True Stories Section
FESTIVAL EUROPEEN DES ARCS, France 2017
MAR DEL PLATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Argentina 2017
IDFA – INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM, Netherlands 2017
Best of Fests Section
VEVEY INTERNATIONAL FUNNY FILM FESTIVAL, Switzerland 2017
WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL, Poland 2017
FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA, Montréal, Canada 2017
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, UK 2017
SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL, Spain 2017
Jury Special Mention for Anne Gruwez
ETRANGE FESTIVAL, France 2017
FIFIGROT – GROLAND FILM FESTIVAL, France 2017
Amphore d’Or (Best Film Award)
Amphore du Peuple (Audience Award)