Programmed by Jérémie Jorrand
In an area shaken by an earthquake, the inhabitants try and re-enchant their world. They sing, they honk, they chat, they slam… Filmed with the inhabitants of Le Teil and its surrounding villages in the Ardeche, this collective movie was made by twelve students from the 21st session of the Creative Documentary Master 2 course at the Documentary School in Lussas. They spent seven weeks surveying the area, meeting the people who live there, reporting on the current situation and trying to find out where there was a desire and a need to film. With this approach, the collective is also constantly reinvented. It’s a key part of the course, embodying the Documentary School’s desire to promote sharing and comparing practices.
In Le Teil in Ardeche, the facades of some houses are literally scarred, patched up after the serious earthquake in 2019. But it wasn’t a “post-disaster landscape” that the Lussas Masters students went to shoot. On the contrary, what emerges from their film is a beautiful impression of permanence, of the bonds that unite people – and unite them with living things: a horse, migrating birds, friends, laurel bushes, or singing together. And if there’s a “despite everything”, it doesn’t lie in the fact of having suffered an earthquake but instead in living in the here and now. Here, where, like elsewhere, “despite” the nuclear power stations, the volcanos and overflowing rivers, everyone has to get on with life – together. “Under hundreds of silences we pool our luck”, sings a young man. And it’s beautiful!
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