Territoire perdu

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd
Belgium, France, 75 min

Confined to a desert no-man's-land following the massacres perpetrated by the Moroccan Army in 1970, the Saharawi people live in repression, but also with pride and strength. To record sound and images, the director paid two secret visits to their lands. The result is a drawn-out and ghostly film that gives a face and a voice to the persecuted.Confined to a desert no-man’s-land following the massacres perpetrated by the Moroccan Army in 1970, the Saharawi people live in repression, but also with pride and strength. To record sound and images, the director paid two secret visits to their lands. The result is a drawn-out and ghostly film that gives a face and a voice to the persecuted.

A quotation from Herodotus situates the film in a mythical dimension with a dizzying viewpoint. The images seem fragile, as if they were reaching us after surviving the sinking of time. Sound invades them with its inevitable presence. The voices reminisce on past events. The Saharawi people were there. They are there. They are resisting. Stirred by a dark and slow rhythm, overwhelmed by the noise of a wind that never stops, the film recalls the spirit of these biblical curses that condemned human beings to confront their own mortality. From this sensation, Territoire perdu brings the plight of an invisible people to the world's attention, a plight that could easily be forgotten in the cynicism of geopolitics. To immortalise the men and women of the Saharawi people, the Belgian filmmaker paid two completely secret visits to this no-man's-land in which they are confined: once to film them in Super 8, and again to record the ambient soundscape and their voices. The result is a grainy, haunting and hypnotic film. A film lost in a trance, which gives a face to the invisible and a voice to those who have never been heard.

Luciano Barisone

Duration
75 min
Year
2011
Country
Belgium, France
Section
Atelier Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd
Language
Arabic
Subtitle
English
Production
Zeugma FilmsCobra FilmsCBA
Sales Contact
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