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Oumoun

Fairuz & El Moïz Ghammam

video, BE/TN, 2017, 14’23”

‘Dear grandma, you’ll be surprised to hear my voice in your language…’ Those are the first words in a prerecorded, spoken letter never sent but instead played aloud in real time by the Brussels filmmaker to her elderly grandmother in Mahdia, Tunisia. In the company of the camera, the lines easily turn into a voice over that, merely by listening and looking attentively, in turn gradually transforms into a dialogue across languages, across cultures, across generations.

Recorded by Fairuz & El Moïz Ghammam on July 17, 2011 in Bordj Erras, Mahdia, Tunisia
Translation letter Wannes Grami
Translation film Mehdi Malek
Part of the collection of Argos, Brussels & Collectif Jeune Cinema, Paris.

Oumoun has been on display at the following locations:

Critics’ Week Berlin, (DE) Feb 27–Mar 7 2021 Decoratelier Brussels, (BE) Thursday, Sep 24 2020 The Lift-Off Sessions Buckinghamshire, (GB) Sunday, Sep 22 2019 De Studio Antwerpen, (BE) Saturday, May 4 2019 Riga Pasaules Film Festival Riga, (LV) Friday, Apr 26 2019 Musée Écologique Jbal Sarj de Seliana, (TN) Friday, Feb 15 2019 Cinemax, RTP2 Lisbon, (PT) Oct 17–Oct 20 2018 Tënk Lussas, (FR) Jul 20–Sep 20 2018 34th Hamburg International Short Film Festival Hamburg, (DE) Jun 6–Jun 9 2018 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen Oberhausen, (DE) Friday, May 4 2018 European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, (DE) Friday, Apr 20 2018 Festival International du film ethnographique Québec, (CA) Friday, Mar 30 2018 Les Inattendus Lyon, (FR) Wednesday, Feb 14 2018 Schwarzescafé Zürich, (CH) Wednesday, Jan 31 2018 Argos Center for Audiovisual Arts Brussels, (BE) Jan 27–Apr 22 2018 Medfilm Festival Rome, (IT) Sunday, Nov 12 2017 Filmets Badalona Film Festival Barcelona, (ES) Thursday, Oct 26 2017 Doclisboa Lisboa, (PT) Oct 25–Oct 27 2017 Tallinna Fotokuu Tallin, (EE) Wednesday, Oct 4 2017 Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Berwick, (GB) Saturday, Sep 23 2017 Het Bos Antwerp, (BE) Thursday, Aug 17 2017 Printemps Culturel Tunisien #3 Paris, (FR) Thursday, Jun 15 2017 KINO Rotterdam, (NL) Wednesday, May 24 2017 Courtisane Festival Ghent, (BE) Sunday, Apr 2 2017 Fondation de la Maison de Tunisie Paris, (FR) Saturday, Jan 21 2017