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ARLIT, THE SECOND PARIS

by Idrissou Mora-Kpai

synopsis

While shooting his previous film, the director found old Issa again, the man who had welcomed him in Arlit, Niger, as he was on his way to Europe. This was fifteen years ago. After meeting Issa again, he decides to follow the old man to Arlit where he wants to go back for the last time to sell his house. A great opportunity for the director to show us this city, just near the desert. Old Eldorado and commercial platform in the 70s due to the uranium plant run by Cogema, it has become a ghost town since the Touareg rebellion and the news of the French company's imminent departure. Arlit has turned into a place of transit for the refugees on their way to Algeria. This film also shows the amazing mix of races due to the successive migration waves, a specificity which makes this place something unique, almost magical...

Selected at the Festival d’Amiens 2004, Rotterdam Film Festival 2004, Forum Berlin 2004

international title: ARLIT, THE SECOND PARIS
original title: ARLIT, DEUXIEME PARIS
country: France, Benin
year: 2004
genre: documentary
directed by: Idrissou Mora-Kpai
film run: 78'
screenplay: Idrissou Mora-Kpai
cinematography by: Jacques Bessé
music: Amadou Sarik Nomma
producer: Idrissou Mora-Kpai
production: MKJ Films, Noble Films (BJ), Fond Sud Cinéma (FR)
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