WHO IS AFRAID OF IDEOLOGY ?
As an introduction, standing on a stony path, director Marwa Arsanios faces the camera and wonders: “What does it mean to belong to a place? What does it mean to “be here”? What does the word “nature” encompass? What does it imply when we say “we”? These political questions arise from experiments conducted by women in three war-torn places. First, in the mountains of Kurdistan, in early 2017, the guerrilla led by the Kurdish women’s autonomist movement invites us to experience and consider space, plants, survival, ecology and economic battles in a different way. The process, so we are told, ensues from practical concerns: how do you set up an organic food production cycle? When does a tree need to be cut down? Then in Jinwar, literally the “place of women”, a village in Rojava, Northern Syria, built by women for the exclusive use of women. And finally, in a cooperative in the Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian border, which has become a sanctuary-like community for refugees. In these communities, the issue of the reappropriation of the land and means of production and subsistence is paramount, and it creates a different landscape. These three eco-feminist strategies at work bring about self-governance, and the creation and transmission of knowledge. These fragile yet so precious experiments are like pages in an herbarium, featuring carefully collected and hand-drawn plants, arranged in the film like silent, up-front manifestos. (N.F.)
Original version : arabic, english, kurdish, turkish. Subtitles : english. Script : Marwa Arsanios. Photography : Mazen Hachem, Juma Hamdo. Editing : Katrin Ebersohn. Sound : Katrin Ebersohn.
Production : Mor-Charpentier (Sophie Delhasse). Distribution : Sophie Delhasse.
Muriel Montini, whose beautiful Adieu Mon Général was shown here in competition (FID2009), is used to literary adaptations (King Lear, a while ago), which she tackles in her own, lively...En savoir +
Remember the final scene of Go Toto! (FID 2017)? Madelene disappears, setting o to join the boar piglet she rescued and raised in her house in Vattetot. She makes a surreptitious...En savoir +
Almost all of public space is under surveillance: this is now a firmly established commonplace. The eyes of technique are constantly and undiscriminately recording landscapes and unfolding action....En savoir +
Wrapped up warm in gorgeous medieval-like capes, two young women are walking. Setting o on their pilgrimage for a very humble destination, they travel along narrow country roads, and converse while...En savoir +
“Catarina is a quantum physics researcher. She studies the sound spaces hidden in the variations of light. By immersing herself in the images she distorts, Catarina discovers a new form of sound...En savoir +
Either written by John or painted by Giotto, the scene is famous. Two hands come close to Jesus’ body, but his voice stops Mary Magdalene’s gesture: “Don’t touch me”. Which means,...En savoir +
“It takes place in a corner, away from prying eyes, where dust ends up, in a corner of my o ce, on my lifeline, my sca old. Here the actors and props of my film give a performance: a...En savoir +
It all starts like a fantasy tale: in a small boat floating along a tropical river, an old man is talking about a world that is in the grip of multinational corporations for good, and...En savoir +
Two film directors and a writer are in Portugal for an expedition through various images, moments from the history of Western allegorical representation. The writer is Jean-Louis Schefer,...En savoir +
“Between documentary and fiction, the crude and the coded, contingency and devices, in short, between the raw and the cooked, there has always been a short-circuit, a striking short cut,...En savoir +