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Raymon Depardon and Claudine Nougaret

© Palmeraie et desert
Un homme sans l'Occident

Raymond Depardon
2002 - France - 1h44

Alifa, a nomadic child orphaned by an unfortunate raid by his father, is rescued and taken in by hunters. He adapts, but soon follows another group of nomadic looters, becoming their guide ...
Once again, Raymond Depardon's ambition is to film the desert. But for this film, he chooses black and white, giving it a hallucinatory feel to it since ground and sky seem to be made of the same material. In voice-over he develops the story of Diego Brosset, a former officer in the French colonial army, entitled Sahara, un homme sans l'Occident (Sahara, a man without the West). Through the story of this free man unwilling to change his way of life, Depardon pays tribute to the Chadian nomads he knew since his report on the kidnapping of Françoise Claustre.

Cast : Ali Hamit, Brahim Jiddi, Wodji Ouardougou, Hassan Yoskoi
Screenplay : Raymond Depardon, Louis Gardel
Cinematography : Raymond Depardon
Editing : Roger Ikhlef
Music : Valentin Silvestrov

Production : Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Palmeraie et désert

French distributor : Palmeraie et désert