prog: 1788

Sur la planche

Leïla Kilani, 2011, MA-FR, 35mm, ov st fr, 106

Squashed by recession and unpopular with the Crown, Tangiers has transformed itself. Banking on its role of bridge between two worlds, on its new port and the free zone, the city is becoming an industrial base for Europe.
In 2001, while filming a documentary on immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean illegally, Leïla Kilani came across an army of working women, clogging the town with their daily bustle. In 2011, she dedicates her first fictional film to these women, whose obsession is to find a stable job. The free zone is their Eldorado. They are grouped in two castes: the “textiles”, paid by the hour, and the “shrimps”, paid per task but having to put up with the infamous smell of shellfish sticking to their skin. Badia and Imane are “shrimps” and dream of becoming “textiles” like Asma and Nawal. At a galvanizing rhythm, these young women work to survive during the day and live through the night, using all their resources (prostitution, scams…) to cut their path through the jungle of liberal economy. Interpreted by amateur actresses, these small bombs carried by the strength of despair make mincemeat out of preconceived ideas on the “Arab woman” and electrify the audience with their terrific drive.
Filmed in the streets of Tangiers, plunging deep in the struggle of classes and under-classes, Sur la planche (an expression meaning “to walk a tightrope”) shows its characters in all but a pathetic light. As Badia says: “I don’t steal, I pay myself back. I don’t burgle, I salvage. I don’t smuggle, I sell. I don’t prostitute myself, I invite myself. I don’t lie, I already am what I will be. I’m just ahead of truth, my own.”

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5€ / 3,5€

lang: en
id_rubrique: 1789
prog: 1788
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