Messengers / Les Messagers

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France, 2014


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directed by
Hélène Crouzillat, Laetitia Tura

French, Arabic, English, Spanish, Pulaar

Slovene, English




From the Sahara to Melilla, witnesses recount how they narrowly escaped death, which took away their companions, literally and symbolically, as migrants drowned at the border. People cross the Sahara on foot.
They reach the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, where they remain “trapped” in Morocco. The film alternates interviews with the head of the Spanish Civil Guard (presenting the “noharmtomigrants” high-tech barrier) and dense and poignant testimonies of migrants, who also speak for their more unlucky fellow travellers who drowned or were killed by bullets next to them.

about the authors
 Hélène_Crouzillat_PhotoFor many years Hélène Crouzillat has been collating the stories of people whose reality and voice previously  remained hidden. Her focus lies mainly on the mechanism of power as well as the regulation and  resistance that govern our societies. She utilises and experiments with different forms of narration through  the implementation of sound installation (Corps de métiers, L’Oiseau de nuit, L’Immeuble des 17, La  Cage…) in her short, politically motivated films (Noli me tangere, Petites mains, At heart/68 non-stop,  L’épreuve des urnes, D’un mot à l’autre…). In 2008, she founded Adelaïde & Co, an organisation which  facilitates the interaction between artists and the public via the creation of audio-visual works and,  alongside Laetitia Tura, directed her first feature-length documentary The Messengers.







Laetitia Tura works on photographic and audiovisual projects concerning the establishment of  geographical borders as well as the invisibility and the memory of migration experiences. Following Jnoub  about the border of Southern Lebanon (2001), Linewatch dealing with the border between Mexico and the  United States (2004-2006) and I’m not dead, I’m here on the detention of migrants in Morocco and Melilla  (2007-2012), her newest film Ils me laissent l’exil explores the Spanish republicans’ “retirada” in 1939.  With Hélène Crouzillat she co-directed the feature film The Messengers and the short film Point de Chute  (2012) and is a member of the artist collective Le bar Floreal.photographie.







festivals, awards
Awards: Best Documentary Award in the section “Travellers and Migrants”, African Film Festival of Verona, November 2014; Jury Award for Best Documentary, Regards sur le Cinéma du Monde festival, Rouen, France, February 2015

Festivals: Festival Entrevues Belfort, sélection films en cours, Novembre 2013, Belfort, France / Cinéma du Réel, Compétition internationale Premiers films, Mars 2014, Paris, France / Etats Généraux du documentaire, Expériences du regard, Août 2014, Lussas, France / Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez, La grande Tribu, Août 2014, Douarnenez, France / Milano Film Festival, Septembre 2014, Milan, Italie / LampedusaInFest, Septembre 2014, Lampedusa, Italie / Festival du Film Francophone de Namur, Octobre 2014, Namur, Belgique / Cinémigrante, Octobre 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentine / Cinémed, Octobre 2014, Montpellier, France / Festival du Film Africain de Vérone, Novembre 2014, Vérone, Italie / Traces de vie, Novembre 2014, Clermont-Ferrand, France / Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival, Novembre 2014, Ouganda / Dépaysements/ Spaesamenti, Décembre 2014, Forcalquier, France / Les Hivernales du documentaire, Janvier 2015, La Salvetat-Belmontet, Tarn et Garonne, France / Festival Regards sur le Cinéma du Monde, Février 2015, Rouen, France / FESPACO -Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou, Février 2015, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso / Dépaysements/ Spaesamenti, Mars 2015, Susa, Italie