Director / Choreographer

Rami Hassoun

 

Assistant director

Arnaud Millet

 

Actress / Poet

Fadwa Souleimane

 

Cast

Salla Lintonen

Marine Ervel

Sarah Dunaud

Grâce-Cécile Caclin

 

Extras

Cécilia Shneider

Marie Russell

Sophia Palombo

Sarah Zimmerman

Cléo Scozzesi

Léa Dani

Marion Ohanian

 

Set decorators

Sven Weber

Johanna Elalouf

 

Costume supervisor

Johanna Elalouf

 

Make-up

Marine Ricca

 

Editor

Camille Lada

 

Boom operators 

Manolis Makridakis

Harold Hennequin

 

Chief electrician

Florian Ruggeri

 

Electrician

Johanny Meunier

 

Key grip

Guilhem Sauvage

TEASER

SYNOPSIS

Whence the Syrian situation is of inherent importance to this presentation,

this work is meant to be watched by a vast number of people, thus reflecting

the extortion vis-a-vis women; in other words, vis-a-vis human beings,

when economic greediness takes priority over political humanist engagement.

CAST and CREW

15'30" // 2015 // 2:35 // Stereo

Music

Matthieu Clara

Clément Graindorge

 

Translation

Noha Tadros

Shiaf Youssef

Sali El Jam

 

Film equipment

Steadicam et Steadi Boz

 

Lights

Transpalux

 

Machinery

PXL

 

Director of photography

Jean Combier

 

Steadicam operator

Jake Russell

 

Camera assistant

Max Kieken

Régie

Sophia Palombo

 

Set photographer

Cédric Bougnoux

 

Rope technicians

Aurélien Fuchs

Guillaume Perrin

Emilie Renaudier

Mathieu Demoment

 

Sound recording

Rémi Lambrinidis

Studio Anatole

 

Sound design

Fred Roux

Studio Anatole

CONTACT

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Garrett Brown

Marilyn Hacker

Chris Fawcett

Robin Thwaites

Mathias Trevidic

Gilles Bellet

ENSAAT

Vestibus

Label Info

 

 

POEM

In the dazzling dark

My face is a coal blossoming in the wound of memory

My memory is like dying cities, erased as time merges into yet another time.

In the dazzling dark

My voice, is burning alphabets in the cauldron of metal,

meanings are staggering on a surface of ice.

The echoes of a silent jazz from African neighbourhood,

in Paris, in Berlin, or Washington D.C.

The custodians of darkness,

heavily armed, shelving the days, on horseback.

Caravans of traders delving in a sea of gold,

hands waving laurels and olives, ancient Light and domes,

the arches of the temples of Ishtar and Dumuzi, Cupid’s arrows ... of love, europe, the bull-god :

all torn apart by the executioner of Damascus.

Harvested by the daggers of the proselytes,

turned into ashes by the followers of “No God”,

they commence their prayers at dawn,

and beg the protection of armes and money from devil :

“In the name of money and arms and gas, the holy and most merciful”

Caravans of traders delving in a sea of gold,

of money, of weapons, and harlots,

sipping coffee in the Kremlin, or Beijing,

by the Seine, or in London, or on top of mount Qasioun.

It makes no difference. A killer has all faces.

In the dazzling dark

My right hand is a bridge erect with the heads of my loved ones,

my left hand, a forest of amputated arms still waving peace.

In the dazzling dark, throats releasing blue butterflies,

thinking only of doves and peace, shunting the monster of Damascus.

The hand that tore out those throats does not know that it has sowed, all over Syria :

throats of sunflowers in Hama, bay trees in Aleppo, grapes in Deraa and Darayya,

red diamonds in Raqqa, acacia in Homs, water lilies in the Euphrates,

eternal notes in the Tigris.

Wrought in all alphabets, on a clay tablet, perpetuated in mosaics, or on the banners of Kafr Nabl : Syria belongs to us, not to the Assad family

Long live Syria, down with Bashar al-Assad

One, one, one, the Syrian people are one

No salafis, no Muslim Brotherhood, we want a civic state

In the dazzling dark

The eyes of Syria permeate darkness with light, saying :

Stop the massacre !

"In the dazzling dark"

from an unpublished collection by Fadwa Souleimane

 

 

Best Experimental Film at ARFF International Film Festival Berlin

Selected in 2016 at Festival de Cannes, Hollywood International Film Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Bestias Danzantes Film Festival (Chile), 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival (India), Arte Non Stop Festival Internacional de Cine y Arte (Argentina)