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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.