11th International Festival
Signes de Nuit

October 10th - 20th 2013
Cité Universitaire
Bd. Jourdan, 75014 Paris

Résidence Lucien Paye
Maison du Portugal
Maison de l'Italie

Maison Heinrich Heine
College de l'Espagne
Maison du Japon
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International Competition
Program n° 10

Day: Saturday October 19th
Time: 8 pm
Place : Résidence Lucien Paye / Cité Universitaire de Paris
October 17th - 20th 2013

An international jury overview the sections of short films coming from all over the world. We prefer documentaries which succeed in representing the complexity of reality and discover in a new way its sensible and perturbing aspects on the same time accentuating the ambivalent and enigmatic status of reality in avoiding sterotypes and simplifing conclusions.

A Man Since Long Time

Mahmoud Yossry
2012 | 0:17:00

The view of a number of teenagers in Egypt who has to face a cultural and religious rules curbing their expression of sexuality. The development of technology made the access to the pornography world more possible to the teenagers more than ever. Therefore their perspective of sexuality has shifted. This film examines the liberal side of modern culture of the adolescent in Egypt, and the footages of daily lives in Cairo—a city that is getting more liberal every day.



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Have you seen the Arana?

Sunada Bhat, Ningal Aranaye Kando
2012 | 1:12:30

In a world that has grown more dynamic and uncertain, where diversity and differences make way for standardization and uniformity, the film explores the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on lives and livelihoods. Set in Wayanad, a rich and bio-diverse region in Kerala, in the southern state of India, ‘Have you seen the arana?’ is a journey through a fragile region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of ‘development’.

A traditional healer’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forest, a farmer’s commitment to growing traditional varieties of rice organically and a cash crop cultivator’s struggle to survive amidst farmers’ suicides, offer fresh insights into shifting relations between people, their knowledge systems and the environment.

Interwoven into contemporary narratives is an ancient tribal creation myth that traces the passage of their ancestors across this land, recalling past ways of reading and mapping the terrain. As hills flatten, forests disappear and traditional knowledge systems are forgotten, the film reminds us that this diversity could disappear forever, to be replaced by monotonous and unsustainable alternatives.



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