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A JOURNEY
Titre français: Un voyage
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A Journey follows my grand mother Tati Rose, as her personal story meets the collective History of the Middle East. Born in Jerusalem in 1910, she moved to Beirut in 1930 to get married. Her family, among whom Aunt Marie her sister, was forced into exile and left Yaffa in 1948 to take refuge in Lebanon.
Alternating documents, Super 8mm films, photographs, interviews, landscapes and voice over, I trigger a reflection on history and on the conflicts in the region, as well as a reflection on time, disappearance and loss. From the Middle-East in the 30’s, when all the frontiers were open, to the occupation of Palestine, to the Lebanese civil war, during which Tati Rose son was kidnapped, until her suggested death, I interrogate both my mother and Tati Rose, raising questions on my own political choices, and revealing the complex relationship between three women of different generations.
Only fragments appear from Tati Rose’s fight against loss and death. The camera witnesses those moments in which Tati and her sister slowly loose track of reality. The images of her during the last weeks of her life become distant.

Ce film trace le parcours de ma grand-mère Tati Rose, dont la trajectoire personnelle se mêle à l’histoire collective au Proche-Orient. Née à Jérusalem en 1910, elle s’installe à Beyrouth en 1930 au moment de son mariage. Sa famille, dont sa soeur Marie, contrainte à l’exil en 1948, quitte Jaffa et se réfugie au Liban. Alternant documents, films Super 8 mm., photographies, interviews, paysages, et aussi voix off, j’amorce une réflexion sur l’histoire et les conflits de cette région, et aussi sur le temps, la disparition et la perte. Du Proche-Orient des années 1930 où toutes les frontières étaient ouvertes, au temps de l’occupation de la Palestine, à celui de la guerre civile du Liban, durant laquelle le fils de Tati Rose fut kidnappé, jusqu’à la vieillesse et la mort évoquée de Tati ; j’interroge ma mère et ma grand-mère, soulevant aussi des questions sur mon propre engagement politique et révélant le lien complexe entre trois femmes de générations différentes. Du combat de Tati Rose face à la perte et la mort, seuls des fragments nous parviennent. La caméra témoigne de ces moments où, Tati et sa soeur lentement perdent prise avec le réel. L’image d’elle les dernières semaines de sa vie est lointaine.

 

Type: documentary
Medium: video
Duration: 41 min
Date: 2006
Language: French & Arabic
Subtitles: English / Arabic / French

Credits
Written, directed and produced by Lamia Joreige
Camera and editing: Lamia Joreige
Sound editing and mixing: Rana Eid - Sudio Electra A.V.
With the support of Ministère de la culture et de la communication - Centre national des arts plastiques. France.
Music: - Gospels - by Discipline - Those kids must choke rec
- The second annual process of Discipline - by Discipline - Artefact records
- Soulaima - Interpreted by Zakya Hamdane - Words by Nawfal Elias - Music by Khaled Abou Nasr
Photographs from: Joreige Family and FAI (Arab Image Foundation) and An Nahar Research and Documentation Center and As Safir Archives
Super 8 mm. films from: Kettaneh family
Shown @
- Lebanese Film Festival (. . né . ŕ Beyrouth), (Beirut - Lebanon) 2007
- Ramallah Biennial (Palestine) 2007
- Paris Cinéma (Paris) 2007
- Palestinian film festival, Barbican museum (London) 2007
- San Fransisco Arab Film Festival (USA) 2007
- Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'yia '06 (Beirut - Lebanon)

 

Related texts
Elle Oriental / Carole Corm - Dec. 2006
The Daily Star / Jim Quilty - Nov. 2006
The Daily Star / Jim Quilty - Sept. 1, 2006


Publications
- Art Forum, October 2006
- Related festivals catalogs
 
 
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