Langue de Zahra
Fatima Sissani
2011 - 93 min - Digital vidéo - Couleur - France

The Kabyls exist primarily through speech. Each gesture, each instant of their daily life flows into a verse, a metaphor, a proverb… After all, in the mountainous fortress that they’re patrons of, oratory prowess is the most prevalent activity.
This is a reality that one cannot fully apprehend in the society of immigration when confronted with these men and women – often illiterate – relegated to the borders as labourers or household helps. It is hard to imagine the eloquent orators that they become when they switch back to their mother tongue.
I sensed this reality and measured its intensity and calibre by filming my mother, her history and her present.
I watched, fascinated, this woman who held on unshakeably to her mother tongue. A woman who reveals an orality that has been transmitted from generation to generation. A language that brings together poetry and eloquence to talk about bucolic childhood, exile or poverty… This language is the ultimate intelligence that most Kabyls carry with them…A language with which they can construct an “elsewhere” for themselves that isn’t just exile.

Author-Director : Fatima Sissani
Photography : Olga Widmer
Sound : Olivier Krabbé
Editing : Anne Lecour
Delegate Producer : 24 Images production
Broadcasting Co-producer : LM TV Sarthe (Le Mans Télévision)
Contribution : Scam - Brouillon d'un rêve


Distributor : 24 Images production
Not commercial Distribution : ADAV
DVD Editing : L' Harmattan TV
VOD : L' Harmattan TV
Circulation-Consultation : Musée national de l'Histoire de l'immigration
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2011 - États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France) : Expériences du regard