GHETT'OUT FILM FESTIVAL: SHORT FILM PROGRAM
April 7, 2012
Followed by a discussion with filmmakers Stéphane Elmadjian & Soufiane Adel •• Program: QUAND LE VENT TISSE LES FLEURS (When the Wind Weaves Flowers) (2003) dir Bania Medjbar w/Véronique Ruggia, Moussa Maskri [24 min] Ignoring the world around him and being forgotten by the world seems to be what Mouss wants. Maybe to hide the wounds of the past. Then there’s Lollita, who disappears and reappears without rhyme or reason, while awaiting authorization to stay in this country, close to the man she loves. •• SOUS LE BLEU (Under the Overalls) (2004) dir David Oelhoffen w/Nicolas Giraud, Patrick Bonnel, Yves Verhoeven [21 min] A man persuades a young mechanic to sell him his work overalls for a fancy dress party. The father of the mechanic, employed in the same garage, witnesses this transaction by chance. He is appalled that his son has accepted the deal. He takes him aside and a quarrel breaks out. •• JE M’APPELLE (My Name Is) (2001) dir Stéphane Elmadjian w/Féodor Atkine, Michel Debrane [17 min] Portraits of men who have been the victims of acts of violence, thus denouncing the brutality of Western societies in the 20th century. These men of all ages and nationalities describe the severity of their condition. All of them have experienced the same thing: oppression. •• KAMEL S’EST SUICIDÉ SIX FOIS, SON GRAND-PÈRE EST MORT (Kamel Committed Suicide Six Times, His Grandfather Died) (2007) dir Soufiane Adel w/Aziz Adel, Farid Adel, Fayçal Adel, Jean-Marie Lebouc, Kamel Adel, Soufiane Adel, Zouina Adel [9 min] One evening, my grandfather Tahar dies in palliative care. Zouina, his stepdaughter is there. Aziz, his son is there. Fayçal is there. I am there. God isn’t there? Kamel arrives too late. •• NOLA (2010) dir Askia Traoré w/Mata Gabin [26 min] A special day in the life of Nola, her first time on parole after years of detention. The portrait of a woman around whom the world is breaking down. •••• The GHETT’OUT FILM FESTIVAL presents independent artistic and original filmmakers working on the fringes of the French production-distribution system. These filmmakers work with small budgets that limit the visibility of their films – if they are able to get them released at all – to small alternative movie houses. Often self-taught, belonging to minority groups, living in the heart of a multi-ethnic French population and generally coming from lower class neighborhoods, these filmmakers are not the egalitarian ethnic quota but are, in fact, the leaders of a new New Wave. As in Gil Scott-Heron’s song Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues – which gave the festival its name – this event intends to take the films out of the social and cultural distribution network ghetto to which they were consigned. The festival will bring to light independent films which probe the world and the society in which we live with a humane and political awareness.