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Published on Jun 30, 2008
David Belle is interviewed by Babylon A.D. director, Mathieu Kassovitz. David shares his views about Parkour, the discipline he created.
I didn't interview David Belle and neither did I shoot or edit this interview. That honour goes to Mathieu Kazzovitz. I've only translated the interview and added subtitles. In a couple of places, the words were kind of hard to make out, so hopefully I hope I didn't make too many errors.
Here also is a translation of Mathieu's original accompanying text:
"I discovered David Belle through District B13, and I had the chance to meet and work with him in Babylon AD. I discovered a man who has elevated his art form at an international level, despite himself. This situation exceeded and motived him.
Parkour is, for me, a natural child of Breakdancing, and hides a thought process and way of life that is close to martial arts.
David is quiet and reserved, he does not like to have to explain what he is doing and what he is looking for, the work is internal and he imposes it on himself daily, in the same way that his father taught him. The youth of the world are discovering this new form of urban expression and are discovering their own capabilities and limitations. We all wanted to fly, jump, and become animals. David did it.
I think in a few years, we will remember him in the same way that we now remember the founders of martial arts such as karate and judo.
After the interview, I invite those who have not yet had the chance, the opportunity to discover in images, the Parkour of David Belle. Hold your breath.