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À l'usage des vivants Pauline Fonsny

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In 1998, Nigerian refugee Semira Adamu died, smothered by a pillow during a deportation from a Belgian detention centre. Documenting the tragedy and exploring its cruel relevance, Pauline Fonsny develops a stunning approach, combining past and present testimonials, archival footage and re-enactments with mock-ups. While the use of re-enactments skirts the prohibition against filming in the detention centres, Semira’s writings and stories, juxtaposed with a tribute written by a Belgian poet, provide a powerful evocation of Semira’s tragic fate, as well as an exposé of the grim conditions in which today’s asylum-seekers are held. Part activism and part unforgettable portrait, the film sounds a sadly essential alarm.

With the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International

À l'usage des vivants

  • Country : Belgium
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : French, English
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 27 MIN
  • Cinematography : Pierre De Wurstemberger, Lou Vernin, Pauline Fonsny
  • Editing : Pauline Fonsny, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Rudi Maerten
  • Production : Alice Lemaire
  • Music : Alice Perret
  • Sound Design : Alice Perret
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