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Maoussem Hissad
Albums de famille
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"L’identité est ce que nous laissons en héritage, non ce dont nous héritons; ce que nous inventons, non ce dont nous nous souvenons." (Mahmoud Darwich).
Questionnant les vers du poète palestinien, quatre cinéastes dressent, sous forme de mosaïque, un portrait intime et sensible du monde arabe à travers leurs rencontres familiales. De l’Algérie à la Jordanie, en passant par la Galilée et la Tunisie, des tranches de vie qui mettent en scène, dans l’intimité, les relations familiales et les enjeux de la transmission générationnelle.

Questioning the Poet’s sentence about identity and transmission, four filmmakers draw up a sensitive portrait of the Arab world, driven by their own concerns, composed by their daily and intimate life, in four different places.
In Kabylia, Nassim Amaouche digs with his father in the rubble of the family home bombed in 1957 searching for his father’s lost childhood or a new start between both men.
Erige Sehiri too, must rediscover her father. It seems that the Tunisian revolution and his new addiction to Facebook drived him away. He even left his family and went back to his small Tunisian village.
In the case of Ahmad, Sameh Zoabi’s childhood friend, Facebook doesn’t measure up. This handsome 35 years old guy is still single, a quite problematic situation in this Palestinian village of northern Israel . As his mother gave up to find him a wife, Sameh decides to take it over.
Mais Darwazeh also lives alone. In Amman, a city of uprooted people, she builds her own identity by gathering around her table close friends, chosen ingredients, and old recipies.