Björn Pohl - UKC, Jun 2012
© Philippe Ribière coll.
After more than a year of filming, the Wild One* movie is finally finished. The movie is a 87 min documentary about the world famous handicap climber Philippe Ribiere who was born with the Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome which is a series of several handicaps that includes various deformities. Abandoned by both parents on Martinique and adopted by a French family at age four.
16 years ago he discovered climbing, a sport that would change his life.
*Not to be confused with the 1953 László Benedek movie featuring Marlon Brando.
Why did you decide to make this movie?
I'm just saying that climbing helped me to change my life and to not consider myself a handicapped person, even though, I was just a bizarre boy in my childhood for "normal" people. And I do remember when I was 6 years old, I went to the supermarket with my adoptive mother and at one moment a small kid looked me like strangely mixed with the attractive feelings. In one second her mother grabbed his hand and said to him " don't look at him". It was a shock for me to see how adults could react to someone who looks abnormal.
Later when I was a teenager I tried to do like my friends and to get a girlfriend. At this time I realized my difference and how girls could see me. It was not the fear but something not so far from it.
Why am I telling you this?
The most important for me is to recognize that I am unique (like you) and to turn the page of "loneliness" and "deception" or else. Once again, if one handicapped person can get up to say "me too I can do a sport, or art, or whatever, Just the thing I am a person with an heart and feelings...like everyone needs "LOVE'".
Was it difficult for you to reveal so much about yourself and your life?
Now you have just to come, to sit down, to shut up and to watch ;)
There is, in this film, something magical.
Like my American friends from Hueco Ranch says: YOU WILL KNOW WHEN YOU SEE IT!
Has the making of the movie helped you to "move on" so to speak?
What's your next project?
I'm not sure when the film will have its official premiere. Watch this space!