prog: 1960

Fernand Melgar-Tariq Teguia

An exceptional invitation to two major directors: the Algerian Tariq Teguia and the Swiss Fernand Melgar. Despite the diversity of their approaches, one like the other anchors his work in our most vivid present, often at the margin, with at stake the borders and their effects on body and mind.
"Le monde est comme ça" (The world is like that) from Fernand Melgar and "Revolution Zendj" from Tariq Teguia will both be screened in Belgian avant-première, and followed by a discussion with the directors and with French philosopher Alain Brossat.

  • Tariq Teguia. Philosopher and visual artist, photographer, teacher in art history at the College of Fine Arts of Algiers, and filmmaker. Author of four short films: "Kech’mouvement" (1996), "Le chien" (1996), "Ferrailles d’attente" (1998) and "La clôture" (2002) and three feature films presented in this program.
  • Fernand Melgar. Autodidactic documentary filmmaker and producer coming from the Swiss underground rock scene. He has directed several documentaries related to immigration issues.
  • Alain Brossat. Professor Emeritus at the Department of Philosophy at Paris-8 Saint-Denis. “He is the author of "Autochtone imaginaire, étranger imaginé. Retours sur la xénophobie ambiante" (éditions du Souffle)", "Le plébéien enragé: Une contre-histoire de la modernité de Rousseau à Losey" and "Le passager clandestin, novembre 2013". His work focuses particularly on the genealogy of contemporary political violence, the forms and features of power, the question of the Plebs.

Films + discussion

Le monde est comme ça

Fernand Melgar, 2013, CH, video, ov st fr, 60

The film recounts the fates of five of the protagonists of MElgar’s previous film, "Special Flight", following their expulsion from Switzerland. Having been wrenched away from the country in which they had lived and from their children because they had no papers, they are found again in Senegal or Kosovo, in Gambia or Cameroun, destitute and cut off from their families, sometimes even having been tortured upon arrival. This film broaches the private lives of these broken men and testifies to the brutality of a migration policy that is common in Switzerland and in Europe.

Followed by a discussion with Fernand Melgar and Alain Brossat.

15.02 > 19:00
3,5€ / 2,5€ 5€ / 3,5€ (soirée / avond)

Fernand Melgar, 1993, CH, video, ov st fr, 54

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Swiss economy boomed like never before. In order to meet the demand for workers, it went looking for almost a million foreign workers in southern Europe, attracting Italians, Portuguese and Spanish in particular. This film tells the story of the emigration of Melgar’s family whose story is special because it is so similar to that of thousands of other Spanish families that came to Switzerland in the hope of building new lives for themselves.

15.02 > 22:00
3,5€ / 2,5€ 5€ / 3,5€ (soirée / avond)

Film + discussion

Revolution Zendj

Tariq Teguia, 2013, DZ-FR-LB-QA, video, ov st fr, 137

During a report on community clashes in the South of the Algeria, the journalist Ibn Battuta retraces the forgotten footsteps of the Zendj uprising against the Abbasid Caliphate in Iraq in the 8th and 9th century. Three years of filming for a movie that was started before the upraising against the regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and the war in Syria.
"Zendj Revolution" was a very difficult film to produce and to finish. We started shooting the film three years ago, on November 17, 2010 (...). The creation of this film is also a paradox, because it’s a film about the persistence of possibility of revolt, revolution, and refusing oppression. We started it even before the first riots that led to the Tunisian revolution, before the movements to overthrow regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.
That’s the paradox: We started something, and continued as it took shape before our eyes in Beirut. This film that explored the possibility of refusing oppression — this was one of the film’s main themes — was compounded by what was happening in the background — since we were listening to the radio and watching television while shooting the film in Beirut."

Followed by a discussion with Tariq Teguia and Alain Brossat.

16.02 > 19:00
5€ / 3,5€

Fernand Melgar, 1998, CH, video, ov fr , 55

Fifteen adolescents from Bosnia, Kurdistan, Portugal and Brazil are being taught French at a “reception class”. Either escaping from a war-torn country, or simply joining parents who have long been in Switzerland as "seasonal workers" the young people have one thing in common: their idealisation of the host country as a "promised Land". In their privileged relationship with the teacher they forget that for them the future remains unpromising – repatriation in the case of the Bosnian refugees, dead-end jobs for the others. In their search for a new identity, the young people fail to realise that the host country seems to have lost its own, and to have lost sight of the pluralism and diversity which are at the very roots of the Helvetic Confederation.

22.02 > 19:00
3,5€ / 2,5€ 6€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

Tariq Teguia, 2006, DZ, 35mm, ov st fr, 110

Longing to escape the dead end that seems to loom before them, a young woman in Algiers reads Kafka and Chester Himes while her boyfriend dreams of immigrating to Europe. Finally, they enlist the services of a smuggler to take them to Italy. In his first feature film, Teguia integrates kitchen-sink realism and modernist fragmentation to depict a contemporary Algeria growing restive in a world criss-crossed by flows of labor, capital and desire. With sober long takes of domestic situations and Godardian interruptions of text on screen, Teguia rejects the melodrama that often imbues Arab and French cinema about northern Africa. Throughout, Teguia’s frequent camera movement and the charismatic performances of its two lead actors bring the film to piquant life.

22.02 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€ 6€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)



Tariq Teguia, 2008, DZ, 35mm, ov st fr, 140

Inland weaves together quietly intense sequences, vast and almost empty landscapes, and bursts of chatter and raucous music to present an elliptical story about two wanderers whose paths unexpectedly meet. One is an Arab topographer surveying a remote area in western Algeria that may be a stronghold for radical Islamists; the other is a young African woman crossing the desert to migrate northward. The intersection of their trajectories gives Teguia the opportunity to contrast two ways of seeing: one rational and scientific, seeking to master space, the other engaged in a direct, tactile experience of terrain. Juxtaposing these two projects allows Teguia to comment simultaneously on current geopolitics and on contemporary cinema.

23.02 > 18:00
5€ / 3,5€

lang: en
id_rubrique: 1973
prog: 1960
pos: aval