In Mansourah, You Separated Us

Direction
Year 
2019
Country
  • France 
  • Denmark 
  • Algeria 
Duration
68min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

Originally there was a silence. That of Malek, the filmmaker's father, who for years said nothing of his childhood in Algeria. And then, the need to break the silence, with a script that he gives to his children, to start telling his story. Several years later, the father and daughter finally make the journey to Mansourah, his native village: seeing his house, meeting other men who experienced the same heartbreak. Little by little, the film reveals what Malek, like many others, has long kept quiet about. During the war, more than two million people were displaced by the French Army and grouped together in camps or villages. An uprooting until now obscured from historical memory, because if the deed is documented it is largely ignored, in France, but also in Algeria. Here it is, first and foremost, a matter of transmission, by collecting words, to start understanding the scale of the upheavals caused by the regroupings in the countryside. Seizing the language of film, that which was transmitted to her by her father, Dorothée-Myriam Kellou thus endeavours to fill in the family silences and the gaps in History.

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Details

  • Original title
    À Mansourah, tu nous as séparés
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Hassen Ferhani
  • Editing
    Mélanie Braux
  • Sound
    Mohammed Ilyes Guestal
  • Duration
    68 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    • France
    • Denmark
    • Algeria
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • 15th ARAB FILM FESTIVAL Tübingen, Germany
    • RENDEZ-VOUS DE L’HISTOIRE Blois
    • INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE
    • FESTIVAL INTERFERENCES
    • DFA in IT STILL HURTS Amsterdam
    • ETATS GENERAUX DU FILM DOCUMENTAIRE Journée de la Scam Lussas
    • BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL DOCU- MENTARY FESTIVAL Castellorizo, Grèce
    • LES RENCONTRES AFRIQUE EN DOCS Lille
    • FIDADOC Agadir
    • ETONNANTS VOYAGEURS Saint-Malo
    • IS REAL Italy
    • VISIONS DU REEL Nyon
    • HAIFA INDEPENDANT FILM FESTIVAL 2020
    • FESTIVAL FISHARA 2020
    • FIFEQ Montréal 2020
    • BETWEEN WOMEN FILMMAKERS CARAVAN
  • Awards
    • PRIX DU MEILLEUR FILM D’HISTOIRE FESTIVAL BEYOND BORDERS GRECE 2019
    • PRIX DROITS DE L’HUMAIN AU FIDADOC Agadir 2019
    • GRAND PRIX du projet de film historique aux Rendez-vous de l’Histoire de Blois
    • PREMIER PRIX de l’atelier de premier montage du festival international des femmes du Caire
    • PRIX DU JURY ETUDIANT AU FESTIVAL INTERFERENCES 2019 • Lyon, France

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