[Local events] FWD: Sun 11/1 & Wed. 11/5, Burn the Sea

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Thu Oct 29 12:37:20 PDT 2015

Burn the Sea: Sunday November 1
New films about immigration from the Middle East to Europe.

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  *Brûle la mer / Burn the Sea*

November 1st
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Doors at 7pm, Film at 7:30pm
$8 Suggested at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

This is part one of a two-night program: 

November 1st:
/Burn The Sea/Brûle la mer/ by Nathalie Nambot and Maki 
Berchache [France, 2014, 35mm, color, sound, 75 min.]

November 5th:
/And We Will Throw The Sea Behind You / Et Nous jetterons la mer 
derrière vous/ by Noémi Aubry, Jeanne Gomas, Clément Juillard, and 
Anouck Mangeat [France, 2014, DCP, color, sound, 72 min.]

There is a tradition in many Middle Eastern countries to throw water 
behind the steps of one who is leaving home with a wish that she or he 
returns in good health. To throw the sea is many wishes, but what does 
it mean to burn it? Two feature-length films in the 
experimental-documentary genre have come out of France in the past year 
taking on the topic of immigration from the Middle East to Europe. An 
international crisis and daily news item, the situation is large, 
complex, and for those embarking on the journey, dangerous and intensely 

/Burn The Sea/ uses co-director Maki Berchache’s own experience leaving 
Tunisia after the 2011 Jasmine Revolution as an entry point for 
discussing the experience of other North African migrants, or harragas, 
who attempt to find refuge in Europe.

In /And We Will Throw The Sea Behind You/, the collectively made work 
tells the intertwining stories of several migrants who travel from their 
homes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Morocco to a Greece in crisis and 
the chaotic streets of Istanbul, Turkey. These so-called “buffer zones,” 
however, highlight the intricacies and realities of how European law and 
policies can further complicate and disrupt the lives of migrants.

Up next: Visiting Curators from Harvard Film Archive 

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