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Auaati is the third extract from Crave, Léonie Pernet’s first album released on Septembre 21, 2018 on InFiné. This video is the reunion of two artists’ sensibilities, Léonie Pernet’s on one hand, whom we know the multiple engagements, and the one of Lesly Lynch, the director, on the other hand. A documentary approach that questions the “Muslim queer’s identity, celebrates love condemning the Islamophobic plague in our post 09/11 world.

“I’ve always had a spécial bond with this cosmopolitan town that is New York. That is why I wanted to settle Seyyal / Afaq’s story there. A symbol because it is in this town that 09/11 occurred. A turning point in the history of Orient / Occident’s relationship and for muslims all around the world, particularly those living in Occident. New York is an oxymoron itself because it is also the symbol of togetherness, of cosmopolitan and differences” says Lesly Lynch.

“Their duo represents the cosmopolitan aspect of the city. I merged those two facets of New York in a way that is unique and provocative to make Auaati a statement in a visual poetry.”



This video is the story of a relationship between two women, Léonie Pernet and Seyyal, a woman from Darfour, who fled her country with her family to settle down in America. “ It was something really important not to lie by making up a character that maybe was just fantasized. Two women who are free to live the way they want, free to pray the God they want, free to love each other the way they want to in a society that does not always allow them to be who they really are.”

“To create this expression of feelings and to visually represent islamophobia, I created a video that became the canvas of a deeper statement to question the place of queer people on the Middle East’s culture but most importantly, the place of Muslims in America in Trump’s era. And this, highlighting the impact that Trump’s politic and the Travel ban’s he established can have. It is to translate that impact on the screen that I created that relationship between these two characters. When Léonie is alone, the camera’s movements are straight but when she is with Seyyal, the camera is alive, following natural movements. Blending both creates a roller coaster of emotions.


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Tour Dates

10.01.19 - Showcase @ Waiting Room - London

11.01.19 - Showcase @ Rough Trade East - London

18.01.19 - Nuits Zébrée Nova @ Angers

25.01.19 - La Gaîté Lyrique - Paris/FR (Release Party)

27.01.19 - DJ Set w/ Anna Calvi - Rocher de Palmer - Bordeaux/FR

29.01.19 - DJ Set w/ Anna Calvi - Le Bikini - Toulouse/FR

31.01.19 - Le Metronum - Toulouse/FR

02.02.19 - Festival Wintower - Le Transbordeur - Lyon/FR NEW

08.02.19 - Le Klub (DJ SET) - Paris/FR

16.02.19 - File 7 - Magny Le Hongre/FR (1ere partie Agar Agar)

24.04.19 La Maison Folie Hospice d’Havré - Tourcoing/FR


About Lesly Lynch:

Lesly Lynch is a young filmmaker based in New York. Born in Paris, she, afterwards, grew up in Nantes. Pretty young, Lesly struggled with difference… of skin color, of culture and living conditions compared to others.

She started as a journalist in Paris for networks like TF1, M6 and Arte and then became a junior producer for a major TV show featuring fashion and lifestyle. Her first short documentary, staging a Jewish grandmother with a unique life will earn an award at Infracourts by France Televisions.

Active in the gay community, Lesly directs a short documentary starring Kiddy Smile, a DJ, producer, performer, fashion icon and key figure in the Parisian ballroom scene: a film that opens the closet of neglected identities. Her beginnings in dance and music videos have led her to build the reputation of a restless and creative mind, always collaborating and creating new work with the coolest artists and bands, such as her recent work with the dancers of Christine & The Queens.

A natural born storyteller, Lesly is passionate about conveying any human feeling in a subtlest way. She always aims at linking emotion to visual storytelling. Fascinating by human nature, Lesly naturally moved to filmmaking and directs in 2018, “Trip”, a hybrid project mixing fiction and documentary on Parisian’s underground youth with subversives’ customs.

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