Ines and Rafik are twenty years old; they have been working since they were ten. They live on very little in the outskirts of Paris. They are of Tunisian origin but they grew up in Sicily. Their existence is a precarious sequence of interruptions, changes, and humiliations. At home, one is a mirror image of the other; here, time is suspended and the city is farther away. When I arrive, they proudly show me the street where they live: Rue Garibaldi.
(Campobasso, Italy, 1988) after graduating from the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia, he and Yan Cheng made the documentaries Tomba del Tuffatore, The First Shot (Best Film at the 53rd Mostra del Nuovo Cinema in Pesaro), and the short Octavia, with the support of the Chicago Film Archive and made with archival material. His other experiences include the Ateliers Varan and the residence Frontières 2018 in Paris, supported by the Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration and the G.R.E.C., which also contributed to the making of the documentary Rue Garibaldi. In 2021, he and Gaël de Fournas made the short Akouchetame, part of a new joint project, now in the development stage: Dar el Walidin. For the publishing house Artdigiland, he edited the book of interviews Il mondo vivente, about the director Eugène Green.
Tomba del Tuffatore (coregia Yan Cheng, mm, doc, 2016), The First Shot (coregia Yan Cheng, doc, 2017), Octavia (coregia Yan Cheng, cm, 2018), Akouchetame (coregia Gaël de Fournas, cm, 2021), Rue Garibaldi (doc, 2021).
“As I'm filming, as I live with them, I wonder where this movie is going, the path it will take. Their existences are constantly crossed by the most diverse trajectories: problems about work, job insecurity, identity, the search for meaning. They are siblings, lovers, a family, they are still adolescents but already adults, sometimes almost children. I try to be ready but I'm prey to the unexpected; I try to find the right distance. The boundaries elude me but I can't stop observing these two siblings, participating in their humanity, this moment of passage that is laboriously taking place. I can feel that their story is also becoming my own, that I am there to listen to them. In the meantime, the outside world seems to have vanished: it might still be nighttime outside, we could glimpse the sea, or a desert that keeps growing.”
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