LIVING UNDER SIEGE
As with exile, its opposite, siege is intrinsically linked to war. Exile is a consequence of conflict, siege is an historical military strategy. Whilst people instinctively flee war, some unfortunately cannot and must learn to live in collective confinement, sometimes imposed for long periods of time.
Cinema, bearing witness to history, gives visibility to these very particular conflict situations. Siege is also deeply cinematic, offering an art form composed of a multitude of possible narratives, both real and imaginary. Narratives that were brought to life in the theatre before film began to thrive on them, thanks to its heightened technical capacity.
Cinema has been profoundly nourished by these episodes of siege and has translated or depicted them in a variety of forms or genres (the Western, the war film, sci-fi). The Trojan War, the Battle of Stalingrad and the Siege of Sarajevo are just a few of the events which have become historical landmarks and the subject of numerous adaptations.
WOS focuses on the human dimension (individual or collective) of the state of siege, following, listening to and presenting populations trapped inside a limited space, cut off from the rest of the world and who must nevertheless resist and survive in the hope of a hypothetical positive outcome. Via both real and imaginary sieges, we are taken to Syria, Lebanon, Sarajevo and South America, to meet those living under siege.
- Hervé Bougon & Philippe Bachman
THE SIEGE, Rémy Ourdan et Patrick Chauvel (2016) – France
SILVERED WATER, Ossama Mohamed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan (2014) France/Syrie
THE EMBASSY, Chris Marker (1973) – France
9 DAYS FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO, Floor van der Meulen & Thomas Vroege (2015) The Netherlands/Syria
POSTHUME, Ghassan Salhab (2007) - Liban