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The River Where We Live  //  Un fleuve humain (Orig.)

DIR: Sylvain L'Espérance
2006 / Canada / 92 min

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The interior delta of the Niger River is a vast region inhabited by a million people. A unique social, political and communal organization has developed over this territory, giving a profound meaning to living together in relation to the movement of the river.

The delta is fashioned as much by the immutable alternation of the seasons as by a state of perpetual metamorphosis. A single place can successively accommodate a spawning ground, then a fishing zone. It will then turn into pastureland for zebu, goats and sheep, then into fertile land for agriculture, before finally assuming a desert-like appearance at the height of the dry season. The delta is home life- forms that are multifarious, contradictory and complementary, urban and rural, modern and traditional. Yet for 30 years, prolonged periods of draught and lack of rain have rendered all aspects of the river’s life fragile. The inhabitants try tod adapt as best they can to these changes, while the equilibrium of the river redefines itself according to the new climatic reality.

About

Director Sylvain L'Espérance
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography Sylvain L’Espérance
Editing René Roberge
Music Francine Poirier
Sound Esther Auger, Serge Boivin
Duration 92 min
Year 2006
Country Canada
Colour Colour
Tags Africa, observational, rural society, social issues
Production Les Films du Tricycle
Les Films du Tricycle
Country:  Canada
Web:  www.lesfilmsdutricycle.com/
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Distribution
Festivals

29e festival Cinéma du ...

29e festival Cinéma du réel, Paris


22nd DOK.fest, Munich, Germany


Canadian Spectrum, 2007 HOTDOCS Festival, Toronto


10th Brooklyn International Film Festival, New York


48the Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy


11th Int. Documentary Festival Jihlava, Czech Republic


Jogjakarta Documentary Film Festival-FFD 2007, Indonesia


Visions du réel 2007, Nyon, Switzerland

Awards

Mention spéciale, Grand prix ...

Mention spéciale, Grand prix caméra stylo, 9e Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal


Finaliste, Prix Jutra du meilleur documentaire québécois 2006


Finaliste, Prix du meilleur long métrage québécois 2006 de l’Association québécoises des critiques de cinéma



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