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Turtles Do not Die of Old Age
Les tortues ne meurent pas de vieillesse - Hind Benchekroun, Sami Mermer
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Maroc/Canada - 2010 - 1 h 32 mn - Réalisation : Hind Benchekroun, Sami Mermer - Scénario : Hind Benchekroun, Sami Mermer - Image : Sami Mermer - Montage : René Roberge - Son : Claude Beaugrand -

Contact : Les Films de la tortue - 5964 Wavelry - H2T2Y3 Montréal - Canada - Tél : 1 514 278 3354 - e-mail : hindbenchekroun@gmail.com - web : www.turtlefilms.com

Corum - Salle Einstein Samedi 22 octobre 2011, 18 h 00
Corum - Salle Einstein Mercredi 26 octobre 2011, 12 h 00

A film that examines a disappearing generation. We share the life of three old men in northern Morocco. Chehma, a former fisherman, Erradi a solitary innkeeper and Abdesslam, a travelling musician, still work to earn a living. This documentary takes us to the heart of the world of these old men who are both sad and happy and illustrates their determination to live, their vision of approaching death and their courage in working in spite of their age. Their words show the universality of reflections on life, old age and death.

Hind Benchekroun

Born in 1973 in Casablanca. She has made three films in her native country, including Les Tortues ne meurent pas de vieillesse (Tortoises Don't Die of Old Age), jointly produced and directed with Sami Mermer. She also codirected with Mary Fowles a film about the only female taxi driver in Casablanca: Taxi Casablanca. Her first short film, La Petite fille d'avant, was shown in competition at the Vues d'Afrique Festival in Montreal in 2006 and at the Festival du monde arabe. She also designed with Marie Boti the series Musiques rebelles produced by Productions Multi-Monde.

Sami Mermer

Born in 1975, Sami Mermer is a Kurdish director from Turkey. We has worked in cinema as chief cameraman for more than ten years. He directed La Boîte de Lanzo, a full-length documentary about homeless people in the United States that has been presented at several festivals. He also directed two short fiction films, Sortie and The Passenger. He was co-scriptwriter and assistant director of the film Ax (Land) by Kazim Öz. He has also worked as chief cameraman on several films including Taxi Casablanca and Le Concert des voix by Bettina Ehrardt, a documentary about Kent Nagano.