FIGHTER is about an Afro-French singer named Jara Ezo. Her first big solo, “Dangerous Fighter,” packs a powerful beat, a touch of scat and a huge dose of girl power. Her fierce persona and funky lyrics, however, tell the story of a much deeper theme…freedom. With immigrant parents from Togo, Africa, Ezo grew up in the south of France in a tiny place called Aurillac. As a child she was beaten and bullied for being the only black girl in town, an experience that haunted her until her father taught her to fight back. He passed away when she was 14, and Jara was left to continue fighting for her dreams without him. She leaned on the women in her life who taught her dance, music, and courage. In FIGHTER, we meet the three women who help shape her destiny.
When our team traveled to Paris, we had no idea of the journey we were embarking on. We knew we would be following around a Parisian artist for three weeks, but we had no idea the story behind her music. Jara Ezo was gracious enough to let us into her life. She connected us to the people in her life that influenced the woman she is today- her mother, her brother, her manager, her “lover”, her dance instructor and her vocal instructor. They all told the story of her in their own words. It wasn’t until our last week with Jara that we were able to capture her story in her own words. That day was the day our documentary’s course had changed. Jara opened up to us about her past. She shared the struggles she faced as a young, black girl in rural France. She elaborated on those same struggles she faced as a young, aspiring artist in the city. And she voiced what drove her to continue fighting. She inspired us in more ways than we could ever show in this documentary. We are grateful from the bottom of our hearts that she let us in and trusted us to tell her story. This is Jara Ezo.