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Doha Film Institute Qumra
You All Are Captains

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You All Are Captains (Todos vós sodes capitáns)

Directed by Oliver Laxe

  • Spain 2010; 79 min
  • Original version: Arabic, French, Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • FIPRESCI Award, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

  • From the director of THE MIMOSAS presented at CPH:FORUM

  • From the director of THE MIMOSAS presented at Doha Film Institute Qumra


A European filmmaker is making a movie with children living in a home for socially excluded youngsters in Tangier, Morocco. While filming, the director's unorthodox methods of working cause his relationship with the children to disintegrate to such a point, that the initial course of the project is altered.

Director's Statement

Three years ago, I decided to move to Morocco, hoping for a closer communion with life. I felt the generosity and sensuality of the country would inspire me, as would its cruelty.
Soon after my arrival, I decided to create a film workshop for under-privileged children. I was taken by their curiosity and their way of perceiving things as if each time were always the first. Another feature that interested me a lot was how maladjusted the children were. That is something they share with artists - creativity springs from one’s experience.  
We simply filmed that which we thought was beautiful; our objective was to share our fascination for the mere existence of things. YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS was born within this workshop experience.
It was most important to define my twofold relationship with the children. Their personal stories were particularly dramatic and affected me as a human being. However, as an artist there was no point in which I thought of using their plight as the main theme of my film. This would have been unfair and dishonest. The result had to be positive as an act of a shared cure. We can be free, it’s simply a matter of how things are interpreted, a certain dialogue with life itself. Life is unfair; it’s pointless to ask why. The true question is how to react to this fair unfairness.
The act of playing was the propelling force behind the film. I wanted to make a piece that would be serious in its lack of seriousness. I was utterly disrespectful with the notion of cinema with this film, mostly because I respect cinema. I wanted the spectators to know that I am the child between the children and that playing and creating are my way of resisting. As I had to shoot the scene from within the images, I found it easy to provoke life and get things moving. By doing so I was able to dance.
YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS is a film about how we see things.



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