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5th DMZ Docs(2013)

I AM DOCU



Babylon

Ala Eddine SLIM, Youssef CHEBBI, Ismaël

  • Tunisia
  • 2012
  • 119min
  • DigiBeta, Beta
  • color

Synopsis

In a barren desert, severe wind storms are blowing. Only insects are busily moving around to live and a huge flock of temporary tents are situated on the desert. Since the insurrection of political riots and violence in Libya, more than a million people crossed the border of Libya to Tunisia and settled down in a refugee camp built near by the border. Babylon is a documentary which literally observes and follows the daily life of refugees without a narration, character, and any events. Refugees in the camp build temporary toilets, line up for rations, pay worship in set times and play volleyball. The people from aid organizations are doing their job to maintain the order, and international media are busy to capture those images. However, this film doesn’t just portrait the hell-like images of the camp. Mostly keeping the distance, the camera follows the scene of people gathering to dance and sing, and takes an interview with a refugee man who talks about the conflict between Islam and Christianity and the wisdom which God gave us. At the end of the film, ignited by a trivial matter, a conflict between refugees from African countries and refugees from Bangladesh begin, and the conflict turns into an act of violence. It is ironic to see the violence and madness of the people who initially crossed the border to escape from violence. This film examines a different side of the Arab Spring. (KIM Young-woo)

Director

  • Ala Eddine SLIM, Youssef CHEBBI, Ismaël

    Ala Eddine SLIM graduated from the Higher Institute of Multimedia Arts of Manouba. His film includes The fall, In the Company of Hamlet, The Stadium. Since 2011 he’s a general secretary of the Tunisian Association of Action for Cinema. Youssef CHEBBI is a filmmaker and musician. Northerly is his first short film, selected in several international festivals and he is currently finalizing postproduction of his new film, The Depths. Ismaël is a director, poet, writer, cyber-activist and designer. He is also co-founder of film club “Cinéfils” in 2007, the Independent Collective of Action for Cinema in 2009 and the Tunisian Association of Action for Cinema in 2011. 

Credit

  • ProducerAla Eddine SLIM, Ali HASSOUNA, Chawki KNIS
  • Cinematography Ala Eddine SLIM
  • Editor Ala Eddine SLIM, Ismaël
  • Sound Ala Eddine SLIM, Youssef CHEBBI, Ismaël

PRODUCTION COMPANY & WORLD SALES

PRODUCTION COMPANY & WORLD SALES   Exit Productions

Tel  216 71 34 80 38

E-mail  contact@exitprod.com​