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Echoes of the past

Galb'Echaouf Abdessamad El montassir

Galb'Echaouf

Galb’Echaouf unfolds in the Western Sahara, a region that has experienced its share of wars, leaving lasting wounds on the nomadic populations living there. Abdessamad El Montassir’s film, a mix of visual and narrative poetry, delves into the story of displacement and of amnesia generated by feelings of shame and guilt. The filmmaker, a native of the territory himself, unable to find people who are willing to freely talk about past traumas, slowly turns his focus to the non-human knowledge present in plants and landscapes instead. Stunning cinematography built around the soundscape of desert winds brings the haunted recollections of a complex socio-political history. (Programming Collective)

competition : Short and Medium-Length International Competition

Galb'Echaouf

  • Country : Sahara Westerner, Morocco
  • Year : 2021
  • V.O : Arabic
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 18 MIN
  • Cinematography : Stephanos Mangriotis
  • Editing : Fatima Bianchi
  • Production : Abdessamad El Montassir
  • Music : Matthieu Guillin
  • Sound Design : Matthieu Guillin

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