LOVE AND WORDS ARE POLITICS
Direction: Sylvie Ballyot
Virginie Bonneau (Ostinato Production)
Unwittingly (and politically), this film ends up being self-reflective. The French filmmaker Sylvie Ballyot was shooting a feminist documentary in Yemen when her tapes were requisitioned by the authorities. Adrift in unknown territory with the only help of a translator, Ballyot carried on, shooting images of herself in public spaces –the only woman in a crowd of men. Her reactions in a culture she is not familiar with get combined with interviews with students who talk about love, family, and sexuality.
Festivals and awards
2nd Jury Award– DocumentaMadrid
Special Mention – Torino International Festival
Official Selection – Visions du Réel
A graduate of La fémis, Sylvie Ballyot first worked in experimental cinema: a video diary, documentaries, fiction shorts, including Alice, which has been popular on the festival circuit. She is currently writing her first feature film, Eden.
Tu crois qu’on peut parler d’autre chose que d’amour? (2000)
Like Father, Like Daughter (2007)
Love And Words Are Politics (2007)