4th Global Film Festival.
25th November :
FLANDERS BY DUMONT BRUNO/2006/91 Min
Synopsis: In a remote stretch of countryside somewhere in France, a young woman named Barbe pursues an intense physical relationship with a young farmer, Demester. The latter seems not to mind when Barbe begins to have an affair with another local lad, Blondel. Demester and Blondel are just two of several young men in the area who have been called up for active military service in a distant land. The prospect of adventure excites the young men and they are eager to depart. But it is not long before the reality of war shatters their illusions and transforms them into thuggish gun-toting monsters.
Meanwhile, back home, Barbe suffers an increasingly torturous emotional trauma as she anticipates the horrors that her lovers are enduring, far from the country of their birth...
LITTLE BY LITTLE BY JEAN ROUCHE/1970/90 MIN.
SYNOPSIS: Damouré is manager of an import/export firm based in Ayorou, called Petit à Petit. He decides to involve his colleagues Lam and Illo in building an apartment block. To prepare for this task he goes to Paris to discover ‘how it is possible that people can live in houses with more than one storey’.
There, Damouré discovers the curious lifestyles and thinking of the Parisian tribe, which he carefully describes in regular letters home to his colleagues.One of them, believing him to have gone mad, sends Lam to the rescue. In Paris, Damouré and Lam buy a Bugatti convertible and meet Safi, Ariane and a ‘tramp’, Philippe. The group decides to go back to Africa and build a new house. But the two women and Philippe are unable to get used to this new life and leave. The only thing left to do for the three friends is to withdraw to a cabin on the riverbanks and meditate upon ‘modern society’.
BLACKBOARDS BY SAMIRA MAKHMALBAF/2000/85 Min.
Synopsis: Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a group of old men looking for their bombed-out village; he offers to guide them, and takes as his wife Halaleh, the clan's lone woman, a widow with a young son. Reeboir attaches himself to a dozen pre-teen boys weighed down by contraband they carry across the border; they're mules, always on the move. Said and Reeboir try to teach as their potential students keep walking. Danger is close; armed soldiers patrol the skies, the roads, and the border.
IP MAN BY WILSON YIP/2008/106 Min.
SYNOPSIS: A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese
martial art of Wing Chun.
HUNTING THE LION WITH BOW AND ARROW BY JEAN ROUCH/1965/88 Min.
Synopsis: Director Jean Roche follows bow hunters in West Africa as they track down lions in this documentary. They are the descendants of the Songhai, who were repulsed by Moroccan warriors in the 15th century and preserve the secret of poisoned arrows. The hunters prepare arrows, poison, and the traps that will catch the king of the beasts before the kill. Before the animal is skinned and eaten, Natives exorcise the soul of the lion. As with any cultural group of hunters, stories of previous hunts and tall tales abound.
26th November :
THE MAD MASTERS BY JEAN ROUCH/1955/36 Min.
Synopsis: The story follows a few men who live in Accra, but leave some weekends to attend Hauka
religious ceremonies in the woods outside the city. Most of the film records a day-long Haukan
gathering for a possession ceremony.
NIGHT AND DAY BY HONG SANG SOO/2008/145 Min
Synopsis: "Night and Day" is centered on the mixed emotions found in traveling. Characters in the film are Sung-nam Kim, an artist selected by the Korean government that escaped from Seoul and currently resides in Paris, student Yoo-jung Lee studying painting in Paris, Sung-in Han waiting for her husband Sung-nam Kim, and North Korean Kyeong-su Yun also studying in Paris.
LES INVASIONS BARBARES BY DENIS ARCAND/2003/99 Min.
Synopsis: During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and
his estranged son.
ME, A BLACK BY JEAN ROUCHE/1958/ 70 MIN.
Synopsis: The film takes place over the course of a week-end, so that one sees as much of the migrants' day-to-day existence as laborers as of their spare time hanging out, dreaming, getting into fights etc. Moi, un Noir became Rouch's first finished and distributed narrative feature film – science fiction, as he jokingly called his unique, Surrealism-driven blend of ethnofiction.
27th November :
CHRONICLES OF SUMMER by JEAN ROUCH/1960/85 Min.
Synopsis: The film begins with a discussion between Rouch and Morin on whether or not it is possible to act sincerely in front of a camera. A cast of real life individuals are then introduced and are led by the filmmakers to discuss topics on the themes of French society and happiness in the working class. At the end of the movie, the filmmakers show their subjects the compiled footage and have the subjects discuss the level of reality that they thought the movie obtained.
MICROPHONE BY AHMAD ABDALLA/ 2010/120 Min.
SYNOPSIS: Khaled returns from USA to his mother's funeral at his hometown: Alexandria, Egypt. He decides to make it a fresh new start even if it meant mending his first love story yet it proved a horrific failure. Khaled clashed big time with a changing more conservative Alexandria but He also stumbles upon fresh youth struggling for their under-ground music bands, art and ideas. in the middle of all the confusion, Will it ever all makes sense at the end? A question for the youth and the city to answer.
TRIBUTE TO JEAN ROUCH
MOSSO MOSSO : JEAN ROUCH COMME SI BY JEAN-ANDRÉ FIESCHI/1998/73 MIN
Synopsis: Jean Rouch confided one day to Jean-André Fieschi, "From the Dogon, I learned an extraordinary rule in life, which has finally become my own: Act as if what you're told was true. And in acting "as if," one is, I believe, much closer to reality." It took no more than that to get Fieschi to follow, camera in hand, his "Maître fou" on a strange adventure: "Nine months later, by the river Niger, in the country where he began his work as a film ethnologist, Jean Rouch was to act as if he was filming, in my presence, the twelve first shots of La vache merveilleuse, with his longtime friends Damouré Zika and Tallou Mouzourane, and the ghost of Lam Ibrahim Dia, who had died some months previously, and was responsible for the original story" Mosso Mosso: Jean Rouch comme si is thus the log-book of this imaginary shooting of a film never made, the umpteenth fantasy of the ever-inventive Jean Rouch.
The film ostensibly deals with India's holy cows, the water genie, President Clinton, and, above all the
underlying connections between dream and reality.
Organized by : Marwah Studios
Curated by : Cine Darbaar