Songs of the Living
France, 82 min
Constructed through songs and memories, this acute musical film addresses the traumatic experience lived by young survivors from different parts of Africa. In the French village of Conques, a therapeutic space is provided to them so they might overcome their past and, by singing out loud, allow themselves to think and live a possible future.
Constructed through songs and memories, this powerful and sensitive musical film recounts with great narrative freedom the traumatic experience of young survivors from different parts of Africa. In the French village of Conques, they find interlocutors and a space for therapeutic elaboration, through body work and spoken word. In the latter case, the social workers who listen to them and take careful notes, what is and isn’t said have the same symbolic weight. The past is reconstructed from memories and silences. Thanks to the generous contribution of the brilliant musician and composer Mathias Duplessy, Cécile Allegra's characters succeed in exorcising their ghosts, sing their pain, and express their fears and contradictions of their past. Above all, they can continue to live and glimpse the future. The film’s dramatic arc thus concludes with a moving hymn to life.
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