The Calm of the Poisoned River
a film by Damien Fritsch, 23'August 1999, my partner, a photographer, notices a man in a hospital. The day of the eclipse, she recognizes the man in the crowd and takes photos of him, with his permission...
Among her photos, a smiling face stands out: Jean-Pierre, a Rwandan man. In 1994 in Rwanda, 800,000 people were killed in just over three months. Some have escaped the massacres thanks to humanitarian organizations. I want to film this man and my partner introduces him to me. A year later, I decide to make a film of his story: a face to face between him and me. A film where a man listens to another man talking about his pain.
The film is followed by a discussion between Damien Fritsch and Guy Chouraqui recorded in June 2008.
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|sound mixer||Gilles Guigue|
|coproduction||Damien Fritsch / dora films|
|festivals||special mention Filmer en Alsace 2002|
© damien fritsch dora films 2001