FRANCE — INDIA 17 MIN, 2020
The film follows the inhabitants of a small village in North-Eastern India whose livelihood depends on coal theft from a vast open-pit mine. From dawn to dusk, children and adults alike rummage for the black gold whilst the local mafia consolidate their arsenal to fight off police raids.
Born and raised in Paris. Photographer and filmmaker with a background in Anthropology. His travels brought him to Haïti where he spent time photographing voodoo pilgrimages. In 2012, he received a grant from the French Ministry of Education for his long-term photography project in India, where he documented the process of dying in Varanasi. He undertakes his projects alone, mostly living within the communities he follows. His work is both intimate and brutal in its portrayal of humanity. He is currently undertaking a master in Social Sciences at the School for higher studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris. India Obscura is his first short documentary.
Isn’t it astonishing that a spectacle so close to a medieval representation of hell appears to our eyes as a land fertile with beauty? The long black plains of Jharia, this terrible lair, the omnipresent heat and these endless fires remind us of what is darker, this vision of the earth shattered from the inside terrifies us and sends us back to our unconscious fears. There is no clearer spectacle to remind us of the end of our world, the apocalypse, the victory of darkness over the celestial, than these humans who, in a line and by the thousands, leave the freshness of life to descend as far as possible into the burning depths of an inhospitable and destruc-tive land. There is in us all, no matter the culture, an imagination and a feeling specific to the depths of the earth.
DOKer 2020 — Short Competition