Ellis Island
France 2007, DV colour, 15'

Ellis Island is a short audio-visual piece of work shot in the surroundings of what used to be called the “immigrants’ squat”, close to the cross-Channel harbor and the former Cherbourg seaport. The film questions the condition and the place of the immigrant; its starting point is the following concern: how can a society create weak human beings?

Film directors : Anne Delrieu and Sebastien Lecordier
Original idea and audio-sound : Sébastien Lecordier
Editing : Anne Delrieu
Sound-mixing : Clément Chassaing
Executive Producer : Benjamin Bibas
Translation : Johanna Devlin
Production : Radiofonies Europe

From 1919 to 1932 Ellis Island, the immigrants’ meeting point in New-York represented an important financial manna for the Cherbourg seaport. It was a real windfall for the shipping companies, but also for the town which had the Chamber of Commerce built a place for the immigrants: the “Hôtel Atlantique”. Since then, the border police are there…, not far from “immigrants” who had taken up residence in a former redoubt, destroyed fall 2006.
Ellis Island, the film, is a short audio-visual piece of work shot in the surroundings of what used to be called the “immigrants’ squat”, close to the cross-Channel harbor and the former Cherbourg seaport. Ellis Island questions the condition and the place of the immigrant through a reflection on “biopower”; its starting point is the following concern: the way how a society can create weak human beings; such as, for example, “immigrants”. Homesickness and emptiness of present are melancholically shown looking at the site haunted by the immigrants. Ellis Island wants to set the audience in this reflective condition and in the same time put in motion its sensory responsiveness.
The first Ellis Island screening was on 9 February 2007 at the “Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (Maison internationale)” as part of the conferences « Hommes en chemin : essais sur la liberté de circulation » (Cité Débats 2007).
Screenings
November 10-16 2007, two screenings between 2-7.00 pm for a carte blanche à Cinéphage proposed by "L’Autre cinéma, 8e festival international du film d’Arras" (Hôtel de Guînes, 2 rue des Jongleurs in Arras, free).

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