Director’s Note of intent…
This documentary is built around an encounter: When I first met the people of Douar Ouled dlim expelled from their land. With an immersed camera in the heart of life stories, this documentary tells the human stories in their simplicity.
Most of my first images are inhabitants’ testimonies, gradually and according to my own appropriation of the subject, my gaze sharpened on details of life. Daily scenes where we perceive the inhabitants, in spite of their destitution, recreating of the life in the middle of the rubble. Because of the long time crossed with them, the camera knew how to get the elements which make their life: a lemon tree, some plants, pets, a family photo, gestures, looks or smiles.
The aesthetics of the documentary is worked by means of a musical choice appropriate to the popular Moroccan heritage which gives a particular coloring to the editing. Furthermore, drawings made by the artist, Sadri Khiari, bring a certain poetic delicacy to the story, by staging characters, sublimated in their dignity.
Thus, this documentary aims to be also requiring, both in its contents and in its search for aesthetic work. In the midst of the destitution, the human beauty cannot be sublimated without artistic delicacy.
Soraya El Kahlaoui