a sensory ethnography film
25 min, 2018, Algeria / Switzerland
Director: Pavel Borecký
Producer: Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern
The film situates the viewer within the makeshift space of an animal market in Algeria. Drifting between feeding and waiting, one attunes to the bodies of goats and camels, the oldest companions of Arab men. As we move deeper into the desert, the site turns into a sacrifice zone and reveals its dark geopolitical secrets.
The sensory ethnography film will invite you to question the banality of displacement, confinement and exploitation in an out-of-sight territory.
Note: The film was shot in hard-to-reach Sahrawi refugee camps in partially recognised Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).