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The Wasp and the Orchid

The Wasp and the Orchid

La guêpe et l’orchidée
Saber Zammouri
Tunisia, France
2023
66 min
World Premiere
Envision Competition
Synopsis

In 1989, television infrastructure was brought into the rural villages in Tunisia through the advocacy of Alain Decaux, then Minister for the Francophonie. The TV became the spot where families gathered and watched programs, and the broadcast images left a strong imprint on the villagers.

In The Wasp and the Orchid, filmmaker Saber Zammouris looks at TV’s influence in rural Tunisia and tells the story of those who left the villages for France. Are they searching for the images they once saw, and do they find what they are looking for?

The film cuts between scenes in the desert village, from where many people have emigrated, and Paris, where they have become migrant workers. In the desert, the power lines stand out starkly against the sky. In the early mornings of Paris, the migrant workers get ready for their daily shifts in warehouses, driving delivery trucks or working in fast food restaurants. Conversing with the laborers, the filmmaker asks: “Was it a choice or an obligation? Did someone drive us out of our country or did someone lure us to go somewhere else?” The questions of agency, power and imagination echo throughout the film.

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Credits
66 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Arabic, French
Director
    Saber Zammouri
    Saber Zammouri
Production
    Chawki Knis for MADBOX
    Chawki Knis for MADBOX
Co-production
    Thomas Schmitt for La chambre aux fresques
    Thomas Schmitt for La chambre aux fresques
Cinematography
    Adonis Romdhane
    Adonis Romdhane
Editing
    Ismaël /,
    Nadia Touijer
    Ismaël /,
    Nadia Touijer
Sound
    Matthieu Perrot
    Matthieu Perrot
Sound Design
    Benoît Perraud
    Benoît Perraud
Technical artist
    Martin Hardouin Duparc
    Martin Hardouin Duparc
Screening copy
    La Chambre aux Fresques,
    Léa Yapi
    La Chambre aux Fresques,
    Léa Yapi

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