Composed of fragments that refer back and become mixed up with each other, thus creating multiple games of temporality and spatiality, this film shows the living conditions of migrant persons in Calais over a period of three years (July 2007 to November 2010). In so doing, it shows how the police engaged by modern police States extend beyond the law, and cause gray areas, cracks, indistinct places between the rule and the exception. Individuals (and primarily as enunciation of the “defeated,” pariahs or contemporary plebs: refugees, displaced persons, undocumented immigrants, but also unemployed workers, young people of the poor suburbs…) see themselves thus treated like criminals; they are stripped, divested of the most elementary rights that make of them subjects of law and are reduced to the state of “pure bodies,” or “naked lives.”
- NOIR PRODUCTION
Constructed in two slightly disparate parts and delivered halfway between experimental and docu modes, the pic develops into an epic saga of protest against the state, with cops applying blunt techniques as they destroy a refugee camp near city hall.
I make the films I want to see, films that I feel are an emergency; they are necessary.
After Sylvain George (1968, Vaulx-en-Velin, France) graduated in Philosophy and worked as a social worker, he eventually made the decision to follow his dreams and became a filmmaker. Inspired by the work of the philosopher Walter Benjamin, he makes short and feature-length documentaries in which immigration plays an important role.