International Festival Signs of the Night - Paris
Festival internatinal Signes de nuit - Paris

20e Festival international Signes de Nuit - Paris / 1-10 octobre 2022



October 4th, 2022- 4 pm
Maison du Portugal - Cité universitaire
7, Bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris


The Stopover


Collectif Faire-part
Belgien, DR Kongo / /2022 / 00:14:00

In 2019, filmmakers Paul Shemisi and Nizar Saleh traveled from Kinshasa to Frankfurt for a screening of their new film. During a stopover in Angola, they were stopped at the airport, because the airline didn't trust their papers. When Paul and Nizar thought they were being led to a hotel to wait for their flight home, they found themselves in an illegal detention center. In this short film, the testimony from the filmmakers provides an insight into the impossibility for Congolese artists to travel trouble-free and in safety, while the images show breathtaking views from an airplane window.



Shepherds of the Earth

Luomakunnan Vartijat

Iiris Härmä
Finland / 2022 / 1:14:00

This is a story about us – Homo Sapiens. Where do we come from and where are we heading to? The story of the film takes place in Turkana, Kenya. This unique place is also known as the Cradle of Humankind where the discoveries of prehistorical human origins are made. The area is nowadays inhabited by the indigenous pastoral tribe called Daasanach. Our main character Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Spanish ethno ecologist arrive to Turkana to study the relationship between humans and nature. He becomes friends with a tribe member Job Nasak, who guides him into the daily life of the village. Alvaro gets impressed by traditional fables and animal stories of the tribe and he is asked to collect them for the first ever Daasanach language story book. The stories paint a picture of vivid nature and a rich wildlife. But while exploring the natural park Alvaro discovers dry and bare landscape with hardly any animals left. So starts a fascinating story from the Cradle of Humankind, a story of the nomadic people’s struggle to survive, of poaching, nature reserve rangers, tribal wars over scarce resources and prehistoric fossils. The two worlds of biologists and the tribe members collide revealing the values of wildlife and nature for both.