Némadis, des années sans nouvelles

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd & Benoît Mariage
Belgium, 52 min

The filmmaker goes in search of a group of nomadic hunters. The Némadis, who embody a type of phantom presence in the desert, are indeed there, but nobody knows where, and nobody sees them. They do not see each other either. It is through film – the images the director created of them on a previous journey – that they are allowed to recognise themselves.

The first image is of a road, a road in African village with a car going down it. It is an image from elsewhere, but also from here. Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd, who has already filmed in Mauritania and other countries of the continent, now goes in search of a memory, a place, and a group of nomadic hunters. The Némadis, who embody a type of phantom presence in the desert, are indeed there, but nobody knows where, and nobody sees them. They do not see each other either. It is through film – the images the director created of them before – that they are allowed to see themselves. Vandeweerd's questioning starts here: what is it that makes a person, a place, an existence? The being eroded by its own disappearance progresses on its journey through film: the director, the people filmed, the very images of the film remind us of the ephemeral nature of reality.

Luciano Barisone

Duration
52 min
Year
2000
Country
Belgium
Section
Atelier Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd
Language
French
Subtitle
English
Production
GSARACBALes Ateliers du Laziri
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