Faux Départ
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    Faux Départ

    False start

    Directed by

    Morocco

    2015

    23 min

    • English
    • Arabic

    Documentary, Short

    The latest film by French-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada observes the elaborate fossil industry in Morocco. Paying homage to the "preparators" in the arid region between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, whose intrepid work is fuelling a thriving trade in artifacts real, faux and hybrid, FAUX DÉPART is a rebuke to the fetishistic thirst for foreign objects, a sly meditation on authenticity, and a paean to creativity.

    Awards

    • Canon Tiger Award - IFF Rotterdam

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Javier Ruiz Gomez
    Editing
    Kate Abernathy
    Production
    YTO BARRADA
    Yto Barrada

    Yto Barrada

    France

    Yto Barrada studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography in New York. Her work — including photography, film, sculpture, prints and installations, — began by exploring the peculiar situation of her hometown Tangier. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern (London), MoMA (New York), The Renaissance Society (Chicago), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale. She was the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2011, after which her exhibit RIFFS toured widely. Barrada is also the founding director of Cinémathèque de Tanger.