Far from the Villages

  • Switzerland
  • France

April 2006. 13 000 members of the Daju 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.

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  • Original title
    Au loin des villages
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Olivier Zuchuat
  • DOP
    Olivier Zuchuat
  • Editing
    Olivier Zuchuat
  • Sound
    Olivier Zuchuat
  • Duration
    77 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • FID Marseille 2008
    • RIDM Montréal 2008 (Compétition Internationale)
    • Nyon - Visions du réel 2009
    • Bilbao Internationnal Film Festival 2008
    • 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 Documentaire FID Marseille 2008 (Compétition Internationale ) - Award Médiathèques
    • Festival international du film d’Innsbruck 2009 - Award documentairy competition.

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