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L’impossible - Pages Arrachées (Songs from the protests) L’impossible - Pages Arrachées (Songs from the protests)

Country: Francia
Year: 2009
Duration: 104'
Direction: Sylvain George
Photograph: Sylvain George
Editor: Sylvain George
Sound: Sylvain George
Music: Archie Shepp, Max Roach, Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Clash, MC5, Suicide
Production: Noir Production



Sinopsis

Situated in the vein of Rimbaud, Lautréamont, Dostoievski and Benjamin and of free jazz and punk, this film bears witness to the iniquitous policies that shape our era, the “infernal” nature of certain political lives or black bodies (those of immigrants, emigrants, workers, the unemployed, students...). It operates, as a minority film, in a critical stasis of mythical and mainstream realities, and deals with the issue of revolt and insurrection: excesses, disidentification, unclear reconfiguration... We are presented, through a dialectical reversal, "non-places" that cannot be assimilated, utopias, corps-impossibles.

The film is divided into five parts:

I. Niggers Wood (Je brûle comme il faut!)
Calais, a desolate town. A white mantle of snow covers the town. Black, tutelary shadows, crosses and belfreys dominate the skyline. Scarlet fires that surround and burn it. Figures and faces of people who re-gress from far away. Migrants. Pariahs. A variation on scenarios of burnt out and infernal political lives: the corps-nègres.

II. Ballad For A Child (On ne te tuera pas plus que si tu étais cadavre)
Calais, a desolate town. Evocation: In a small wood, the “jungle”, a young man from far away, from a war-torn Middle East, was killed. That was in December 2008. It is a whole world, a political world, one that hands over the soul, and to which the soul will return. Invocation: A young man from far away passes by. His words, scars and experiences, like a song, come from even further away: from caves, the sea and the deserts, from oblivion, infinite open spaces. A young man from far away passes by, like a new Orpheus, political, black and rebellious. An impossible young man that nothing or nobody will be able to hold back from now on...

III. Je me suis armé contre la justice (Burn! Burn! Burn!)
Paris. Demonstration, 19th March 2009. Civil servants, students, temporary workers, illegal immigrants, unemployed people and pensioners take to the streets. Until it burns, somewhere between rage and anger. Voices that throw off a yoke and are frozen in time. Until the State represses them, with arbitrary violence, and some innocent bodies are condemned.

IV. Le Temps des Assassins (Fire Music)
Paris. Demonstration, 1st May 2009. Pursuit, and the repetition of the insurrectionary slogan: "Peace for humble cottages, war on the châteaux". A few centuries later, the City Hall is occupied once more, and the Council of Paris besieged by a revolutionary assembly. Invocation: the Commune of Paris. Evocation: the people that is coming. Time, revisited...

V. Tu resteras hyène etc. (The book of the damned)
Like an infernal circle. A variation on treachery and disavowal, the spit of the renegade as a medal, “pension funds” as a future, based on the book "Lettres à ceux qui sont passés du col Mao au Rotary" de Guy Hocquenghem (we would add "... and to Sarkozy’s court...") and the films de Lionel Soukaz and of/or with Guy Hocquenghem.



Awards/Festivals

Fid Marseille, Etats Généraux du documentaire (Lussas), Viennale, CPH : DOX, Torino Film festival, Filmmaker Film Festival, Cinémathèque de Slovénie, Bafici, Doc’s kingdom, Migrants Film Festival.

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