In the words of the filmmaker: “In Seine-Saint-Denis, for years, Romanian families have been looking for places to live. Having become fellow travelers in their struggle against evictions, we made this film together, in the likes of many open houses. Traveling from abandoned villages to shanty towns, squats and cities, the intimacy of their stories is confronted with a suburb in constant mutation. From large ensembles to the Greater Paris, their trajectories reweave a common history; that of inhabitant solidary and refused relegation.”
Interview with the filmmaker
Jérémy Gravayat offers us a collaborative work of great finesse, dealing with a recurrent and politicized subject in Europe, that of the exile and wandering of the Romanian and Roma communities. One might expect a journalistic account of a subject that has been seen over and over again, but it is not so. The viewer witnesses a story full of depth in which testimonies and memories are intertwined with archival images and face-to-face sequences. The film becomes a political project by going beyond being a film that gives a voice to the voiceless: the political space is here defined by the very action of co-constructing a film and one’s own narrativity.
OTHER FILMS FROM THE THEMATIC BLOCK
Since 2000, Jérémy Gravayat has been making films that document the living conditions of exiled communities. His approach mixes field work with archive research, oral histories collects and militant engagement. He executed projects in Calais, Palestine and the suburbs of Lyon, Marseille and Paris. The films are characterised by a focus on human use of territory, a multiplicity of viewpoints and of formats, from film to digital. He is a member of L'Abominable, a filmmaker co-lab, based in La Courneuve, and member of derives.tv.