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Far from the villages  //  Far from the villages (Orig.)

DIR: Olivier Zuchuat
2008 / France, Switzerland / 77 min

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April 2006. 13 000 members of the Dajo ethnic group have taken refuge on the plain of Gouroukoun in eastern Chad. They are all survivors of the Darfur conflict. Secluded in the camp they have constructed, they create their own way of life and means of survival. The filmmaker joins the refugees in this prison without walls. His lingering images convey the interminable waiting and an impression of life in slow motion, unfolding moment by moment in a non-place of destitution. Yet this war film contains no images of war. Instead, refugees relate at length their experiences, children draw scenes of battle, little girls hum songs of combat.

About

Director Olivier Zuchuat
Screenplay Olivier Zuchuat
Dir. of Photography Olivier Zuchuat
Editing Olivier Zuchuat
Music
Sound Olivier Zuchuat
Duration 77 min
Year 2008
Country France, Switzerland
Colour Colour
Tags Africa, emigration, observational, poetic, social issues, war
Production
Distribution Prince Films SA
Prince Films SA
Address:  Coin-Dessus 3
City:  2863 Undervelier
Country:  Switzerland
Web:  www.princefilm.ch/actualite/
E-mail:  
Phone:  +41 32 423 17 78

Festivals

FID Marseille 2008,
Nyon ...

FID Marseille 2008,
Nyon - Visions du réel 2009,

RIDM Montréal 2008 (Compétition Internationale), Bilbao Internationnal Film Festival 2008 (Zinebi), Téhéran International Film Festival « Ciné-vérité » 2008, FICCO CinéMex MEXICO 2009, One World Human Rights Films Festival Prague, Festival de Soleure, Festival International du film des droits de l’Homme 2009 (Paris), Kerala International Film Festival 2009, Doc Review Poland (compétition Internationale) 2010

Awards
  • Festival International du film ...
  • Festival International du film Documentaire FID Marseille 2008 (Compétition Internationale ) - Award Médiathèques.
  • Festival international du film d’Innsbruck 2009 - Award documentairy competition.
  • IDFA – Amsterdam 2009 (nominated for Joris Ivens Prize, International Competition).
  • Quartz Film Swiss Prize 2009 – Nomination for documentary Film.


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