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Alain Gomis

Rewind & Play

Edition 2022
65' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: French, English
Director: Alain Gomis With: Thelonious Monk
French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis is venturing into documentary filmmaking for the first time. Rewind & Play shows Thelonious Monk and the way he was treated in the 1960s in France. Extremely enlightening cinema.
Gomis found unreleased footage of a French TV show with the genius pianist and composer Thelonious Monk in 1969. From these rushes, he reconstructs a film showing an unseen Monk, who wrestles in his own way with the stereotypes building around him.
“Any artist can attest that giving interviews can be a tough chore. For jazz pianist Thelonious Monk facing the cameras on 15 December 1969 on a small studio stage was excruciating. In Rewind & Play, Alain Gomis unearths never seen material to disclose the inner workings of a TV programme from an entirely new angle.”- Cineuropa

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Alain Gomis


Thelonious Monk


Alain Gomis


Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis, Anouk Khelifa

Production studios

Sphere Films, Andolfi

More information


French, English

Countries of production

Germany, France




Alain Gomis
Caramels et chocolats (short, 1996), Tout le monde peut se tromper (short, 1998), Whirlwinds (short, 1999), As a Man (2001), Little Light (short, 2003), Ahmed (short, 2007), Andalucia (2007), Today (2011), Félicité (2016), Rewind & Play (2022)

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