This article discusses the ending of the Netflix film Simply Black, so it will contain major spoilers.
Throughout the film, using his activism and determination with a lack of self-awareness and introspection, Jean-Pascal Zadi (playing himself) has many difficult conversations to try and encourage a black men’s march in France. However, that comes with obstacles and compromises with conversations; there are discussions on the darkness of a black person’s skin, and queries as to why women cannot join the march. JPZ’s fight for this march is more difficult amongst the black community than he first thought. He also enjoys the limelight, and wishes to be an actor, sending himself to auditions and giving himself as much publicity as possible. Despite his good intentions, JPZ is marmite — you either love him or hate him.
Netflix’s Simply Black – the ending explained
After many calamities, Jean-Pascal Zadi ends up arrested by the police after recent events have escalated. The final scenes of Simply Black see the man inviting the camera crew into his home; there’s more of a softness to the documentary that wasn’t felt before as his son puts on a Black Lives Matter t-shirt. There’s an intimacy between him and his wife despite being at odds all the way through the feature. It’s the big day, but JPZ is trying to remain emotionless. He’s wanted this day from the start.
What happens next?
Jean-Pascal Zadi attends the march and he’s happy that Fary (as himself) has shown up, fearing that he wouldn’t after recent disagreements. However, Fary is disappointed at the turnout. He was expecting a city-wide march, but it’s really a handful of people. When another acquaintance shows up, JPZ’s face lights up. While Fary looks embarrassed, JPZ is happy that his day has gone ahead; for him, even though it’s a handful of people, he feels he is fighting for black people in French society with a sense of togetherness. Whether it was ten people or a thousand, it didn’t matter to him.