Plantu said "If you want a barometer for freedom of expression and to understand any taboos in a particular country, then you need to go and see the press cartoonists."

Along with the press cartoonists, No More Laughing intends to revisit a number of major and minor events that occurred during the first years of the millennium. The lines are redrawn through cartoonists and their cartoons. As the story progresses in Israel, in Palestine, in Germany, in Tunisia, in France, in Belgium and in the United States, the film plots the various twists and turns of contemporary taboos and asks the following question: where does freedom of expression stand today?

Thanks to their special place within the media world, press cartoonists are able to step away from common discourse and stand out on the basis of the stances they adopt.

The emergence of new taboos begins to take shape through these different testimonies. The Prophet Muhammad cartoon affair in 2006 (which has come to light again recently) particularly gave rise to the taboo of religious representation. This is partly what you see in the documentary, but you also see a number of other taboos as well, such as economic censorship, the weight of history and real or imaginary walls, which are all brakes on freedom of expression.

In this sense, No More Laughing is neither a series of portraits by cartoonists, nor a look behind the scenes of press cartooning. Instead the film takes us on a journey to meet the cartoonists at work in their different social and political contexts. It deals much more with the present than what is in the news. Apart from specific contexts during the past decade the concept of the freedom of expression although doubtlessly in retreat, has certainly shifted. Our purpose is related to this shift.
Director's filmography:
- Fini de rire (2013 - TV)
Year of production:
Michel De Wouters Productions