The director met Ramazan Güngör, who invited him to listen to the memory of the Bards' time. Both played üçtelli, the turkish three-stringed lute. The last bard started transmitting his knowledge to the young man, first orally, then allowing him to film him, the last master of the üçtelli, the last bard.
In 1990, as Nelson Mandela came to power. South Africa was announced to open up its political and economical isolation. Although, few jobs are created today : the rebuilding of a fragmented system, inherited from apartheid still has to reach his aims. Black or white system remains a reality, as well for health or for access to basic survival needs, as electricity and water. Power is black, but money remains white.
Aging, flat birth-rate, urban exodus : Aguaviva, an isolated Spanish village had slow death as its destiny. But the Mayor, sending newspaper ads abroad, refused fatality : he would warrant work and home for any family with two children settling down for 5 years. Today, twenty new families almost twiced the population. The village gets full, the school is busy, the experience brings hope to everyone, far remote from the ambiant deception and individualism.
Like all modern conflicts, the war in Algeria has challenged the value of reported images. Confronted with the abundance of films produced by the French army, a few filmmakers as René Vautier, in reaction to propaganda, pledged alongside Algerian fighters, depicting their struggle. Camera in hand, they brought crucial images back, although most of them were then censored.
Humourfull point of view on a psychological drama, Allo Police brings the audience in the closed world of a belgian police station, and on, in a human geography struck by industrial changes. The angled feelings of a population express themselves in shouts, calls and signs. A mindspace where violence, suffering, fear and happiness profile themselves. Police services are daily confronted with these realities.
A discovery of Algeria through the portrait of Assia Djebar, teacher, writer and historian. A woman educated in both worlds of French school and the arabic-andalusian patio. She tells us her experiences, going through her past to question her country's present time - a society going through crisis where the role of women has become political. Assia Djebar published, among others, "Les Alouettes Naïves", "Les Impatients", "Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement", "Ombres Sultanes".