IN MANSOURAH YOU HAVE SEPARATED US

by Dorothée-Myriam Kellou

ALGERIA, France, Denmark - 2019 - 71 MINUTES

synopsis

Initially, there is silence. That of Malek, the father of the filmmaker, who for years said nothing about his childhood in Algeria. And then, the need to break out of the silence, with a scenario that he offers his children, to start telling his story.

Several years later, the father and daughter finally make the trip to Mansourah, his native village: to see his house again, to meet other men who have experienced the same heartbreak. Little by little, the film reveals what Malek, like many others, has long killed. During the war, more than two million people were displaced by the French Army and regrouped in camps or villages. An uprooting hitherto hidden from historical memory, because if the fact is documented it remains largely ignored, in France, but also in Algeria. It is therefore above all a matter of transmitting, by collecting the word, to begin to understand the extent of the upheavals caused by the regroupings in the countryside. Seizing the language of cinema, the language transmitted to her by her father, Dorothée-Myriam Kellou thus undertakes to fill the family silences and the gaps of history.

Director

PLUG

PRODUCTION

Bilboquet Films

Sonntag Film

HKE Production Algeria

DIFFUSION

Lyon TV Capital

PARTICIPATION

Scam

Draft of a dream

Procirep

Angoa-Agicoa

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

CNC

French Institute of Algeria

AFAC - Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

Algerian Ministry of Culture

International Media Support

Rewards

In 2020: PCMMO - Panorama of Maghreb and Middle Eastern Cinemas - Saint-Denis (France) - Selection

In 2019: Interference Festival - Documentary Cinema & Public Debate - Lyon (France) - Selection

In 2019: General Meeting of Documentary Films - Lussas (France) - “Journée Scam” Selection

In 2019: Visions du Réel - Nyon (Switzerland) - International Medium and Short Films Competition

In 2018: The Rendezvous of History - Blois (France) - Grand Prize for the historical film project

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