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Bidonville, minidv, colour, sound, 2002, 5´33´´

Bidonville, minidv, colour, sound, 2002, 5´33´´

 

Bidonville is a project that was the result of a family moment: A few years ago I discovered an old 8 mm film, done by my father when in his twenties. When I reunited myself with my family, without warning, I projected the film to them, and recorded their reactions. My father was puzzled by the film, that he had almost forgotten, and he told us its story:  In 1967 he had gone to Paris on a study trip, and had visited his friends and colleagues from elementary school. These lived in a slum in Champigni, France. Even though the french local community despised the way they lived, those portuguese were quite happy, and they told my father how they had a more comfortable life there, then the one they had experienced in Portugal.