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Camus, from the absurd to rebellion



France, 2014, HD - Color - 56

DIRECTED BY:
Abraham Ségal

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Diane Baratier, Arlette Girardot, Jean-Louis Porte, David Grinberg

EDITING:
Dominique Barbier

MUSIC:
Jacques Rémus

SOUND:
Laurent Lafran

PRODUCER:
Abraham Ségal

PRODUCTION:
Films en Quête

WORLD SALES:
Zeugma Films

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Filmed in Algeria, France and Greece, Camus, from the absurd to rebellion is a documentary investigation upon the presence of Albert Camus’s thought today.In fact, the film proposes to look at what is going on around us through the prism of Camus’s writing: from the fate of migrants, those ‘Sisyphuses’ of our time, trying over and over to enter Europe, to the people’s uprising in Tunisia and to terrorist activities.While connections are frequently made between Camus’s words and today’s world, the view of the present does not eclipse the exploration of his texts or the reminders of the storms they raised and the echoes they received upon publication.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Abraham Ségal has been making documentary films for over 40 years. They include:– Couleurs folie (« Colors folies », 1986), film-encounter between French actress-filmmaker Delphine Seyrig and Mary Barnes (painter and co-author of Mary Barnes, the Account of a Journey through Madness) about the ties between the experience of madness and pictorial expression. – Van Goh, la revanche ambiguë (“Van Gogh, a double edge triumph” 1989), the tale of a modern hero, Vincent Van Gogh and his fate, 100 years after his death. Winner of the Audience Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival in Nyon. – Enquête sur Abraham (“The Abraham file” 1996) in which the investigator searches for the traces of an ancient tale in the creases of our culture. He finds out and analyzes the ties to our roots that are at the heart of dramatic current events. – Le Mystère Paul (“The Mystery of Paul”, 2000). Didier Sandre investigates Saul of Tarsus, a first-century Jew, who converted and became the Apostle Paul, Saint Paul of the Church. – Florence Delay – comme un portrait (« Florence Delay, like a portrait », 2004) a multi-facetted portrait of a well-known but media-shy woman writer (shown on France 2, released on DVD, Gallimard). – La Parole ou la mort (“The Word or Death”, 2009), an investigation of the political and theological manipulations that the words of the Bible and the Koran are subjected to. – Camus, de l’absurde à la révolte (« Camus, from absurd to rebellion », 2014) explores how Camus’s thought resonates in today’s world, and what light it can shed on some of the critical situations of our times.

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