In Mansourah You Separated Us (France, Algeria, Denmark)

In Mansourah You Separated Us

À Mansourah, tu nous as séparés

  • Dorothee Myriam Kellou

Synopsis

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. 

Céline Guénot

Length:  62'
Country:  France, Algeria, Denmark
Year:  2019
Language(s):  French, Arabic
Premiere status at VdR:  World Premiere
VdR edition:  2019

Production

Eugenie Michel Villette
Mariem Hamidat
Sara Stockmann

Sales Contact

Eugénie Michel Villette
Tel. ++33660549068

Screenings

Language(s):  French, Arabic
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
  • 13:45
Colombière

Followed by a discussion

  • Sunday 7 April 2019
  • 13:30