Laissez-Passer

Description

Laissez-passer is the official travel document issued by the United Nations to stateless people. Literally translated from French as “allowed to pass”, this session explores the psychological effects of waiting to have your papers granted, and of placing one’s fate in someone else’s hands: the regime that will allow you to cross these imaginary lines called state borders. Border zones and refugee camps constitute a state of exception, a ‘no man’s land’ where normal state laws do not apply. Through cold and blue images of concrete walls and barbed wire, and the harsh ambiguous sounds of scrap metal thrown together in makeshift dwellings, these three films highlight the sterile, isolated and at times otherworldly nature of these hostile spaces.

 

Duration: 73 min. (3 films)

Director of Resonances present + Q&A

Films

Third Kind

Third Kind

Yorgos Zois

Earth has been abandoned long time now and the human race has found re ...

Resonances

Resonances

Nicolas Khoury

An endless scan is done on a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, revealing ...

On The Border

On The Border

Wei Shujun

In a border village, a Chinese teenager of Korean roots aspires to joi ...

Screening Sessions