Samir in the Dust
Samir wonders about the French filmmaker’s motivations: “I see you filming the cactus, the river, the mountains, and stuff like that. I can’t see what you find attractive in this mess, this country, this filth.” We, however, can see what is so attractive: the beautiful landscape of the Atlas mountains, the sunny joyful moments with the sound of Edith Piaf, the humanity of the people being filmed, their ability to face a complicated reality and the power of the word.
Samir in the dust presents the aspirations and anxieties of a young Algerian smuggler, who carries petrol on the back of mules from his village to the Moroccan border. We have a superb portrait of men who do not care about frontiers and the ambivalent relationship the director, Samir’s uncle, has with this part of the land. A very creative film filled with warm characters, even though they are caught in a dark economic reality.
Prix Scam de l’oeuvre audiovisuelle et Étoile de la Scam 2017, Festival du film documentaire de Nyon (Visions du Réel) 2016 – Prix du Moyen Métrage le plus innovant
In presence of Mohamed Ouzine, meeting hosted by Guillermo Kozlowski.