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LOST LAND


Directed by | Pierre Yves Vandeweerd

Genre documentary  |  Length: 75mins  |  Year of production: 2011


Straddling a 2,400 kilometer wall constructed by the Moroccan army, the Western Sahara is today divided one zone held by Morocco, the other controlled by the Sahrawi National Liberation Movement’s Polisario Front. Drawing on stories of flight, exile, interminable waiting, and the arrested, persecuted lives on both sides of that wall, Vandeweerd’s (Drowning in Oblivion, 2007) aesthetically irresistable film bears witness to the Sahrawi people, their land, and their entrapment in other people’s dreams. Employing black and white Super 8 cinematography and a haunting audio design, Lost Land juxtaposes sonorous desert landscapes with stirring portraits to hint at a “nomadic poetics”.

This is elegant political filmmaking, described by critic Jacqueline Aubenas as a work that “speaks of the misfortune and injustice of a world” and at the same time “explores the very nature of cinema”.