In 2000, Sandra Iché wrote a history of ›L’Orient-Express‹, a Beirut based francophone magazine from the 1990s. 10 years later she conducted a new series of interviews with former contributors to the magazine set this time though fictively in the future. The interviews take place in 2030 and place the viewer in the position of looking at present occurrences and incidents in the Arab world as though they were memories from the past.
Employing oral and visual archive material, fragmented photos, film stills and choreographic elements, ›Wagons libres‹ questions the art of documentary and how we perceive it – is it truth, an aspect of reality, or fiction?
Starting from 19 h, the film ›Cairography‹ (video dance /documentary) from Dalia Naous and Kinda Hassan can be seen throughout the evening. Egypt 2013, English surtitles, length 18:36 minutes (playing in a continuous loop), entrance free
Concept, direction: Sandra Iché
Realisation: Mary Chebbah, Ali Cherri, Virginie Colemyn, Gaël Chapuis, Sylvie Garot, Renaud Golo, Sandra Iché, Lenaïg Le Touzé, Carol Mansour, Pascale Schaer, Vincent Weber
Co-production: Festival Temps d'images / Les Halles de Schaerbeek , PACT Zollverein (Essen), Le Parc de La Villette (Paris), Les Subsistances (Lyon)
Production: Wagons Libres
Supported by: Nejmeddine Chebbah, le Collectif Zoukak and Carole Ammoun, Laure Deselys, Stéphanie Dujols, Gilbert Guillaumond, Franck Mermier, Alessandra Pasini, Jan Ritsema, le Lieues
Thanks to interview partners: Hanane Abboud, Carmen Abou Jaoudé, Omar Amiralay, Médéa Azouri, Ahmad Beydoun, Omar Boustany, Melhem Chaoul, Nadine Chéhadé, Tamima Dahdah, Jabbour Douaihy, Claude Eddé, Antony Karam, Houda Kassatly, Charif Majdalani, Ziad Majed, Alexandre Medawar, Rasha Salti, Farès Sassine, Jade Tabet, Fawaz Traboulsi, Michael Young, Khaled Ziadeh
This event takes place as part of the network project DÉPARTS and is supported by the European Union’s program ›Culture‹.