IF FOG HAD ROOTS
A journey by sea from one side of the Mediterranean to the other
takes the French woman Axelle to Tizi-Ozou, the hometown of Ali,
a friend she had met in Algeria in 1962 when she was a young
schoolteacher, who has recently disappeared.
“In 1954, Ali was condemned to death by the French because of his
fight for Algeria’s independence. In 1962, Axelle, who just arrived from
France, met him in Algiers in the context of the euphoria of
independence. Now Ali is dying in a hospital in Paris and Axelle is next
to him. After his death, Axelle goes back to the village where Ali’s wife
still lives. There, faced with the signs of their common past, she listens
to the echoing promises around her. If Fog Had Roots is a Super-8
black and white film told in three voices.”
IF FOG HAD ROOTS
Dounia Bovet-Wolteche (Saoula, Algeria, 1980) received her advanced
diploma in artistic-literary subjects in 1997 in Aix-en-Provence with a
specialization in film. Between 1997 and 2002 she studied at the Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion in Brussels and made her first three documentary shorts, Tant qu’on est là, Nostalghia and Un tram. Between 2000 and 2001 she worked on her graduating documentary Murs, the story of a migration between Romania and Belgium. In 2003, she was the production manager of the film La musique by Cedric Leroy. Between 2004 and 2005 she began location scouting for her medium-length film
Les raciness du brouillard.
Murs (cm, doc., 2001), Les racines du brouillard (mm, doc., 2009).
Jonathan Ramirez Perez,
Groupe Aussi Néon Rouge,
d’un rêve (SCAM - SACD),
Centre de l’Audiovisuel
à Bruxelles - CBA