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Contes de quartiers - Tales of the suburbs
After those informal exchanges, Urban prod could define main themes (origins, family, traditions, travel, religion, future) and create a range of questions to ask the inhabitants in the frame of film interviews. The documentary shows a very unique blend of cultures, mixing French Gypsy, Northern African traditions in a very lively cohabitation. Interviewees are from three successive generations, so that history of the place and time passing by can be felt very concretly.
Objectives of the process :
- Advertizing the real everyday life of so called “sensible urban areas” to fight exclusion, discrimination, and easy made stereotypes
The goal is to break boundaries, so there should not be a clear barrier between the film makers/observers, and the inhabitants/witnesses. The project was thought as a collaborative creation, which allowed the inhabitants to be subject and object at the same time, on the same level as urban prod’s team, to be in charge of their own speech and common history, to develop pride and self esteem from this experience.
Beneficiaries of the project:
The inhabitants of isolated suburbs of Marseille, and more specifically the inhabitants of the “Vieux Moulin” (2013 project), “Bon secours” and “Les rosiers” suburbs (2015 project, still in process)
Urban prod, an organization devoted to educate sensible groups (difficult suburbs, person with a judiciary history, neets) to the use of new technologies and media, and to develop social cohesion by recording and advertizing the voices of the less heard.
What people say
“Once upon a time in the beautiful city of Marseilles, a few families came with the desire to settle and live...”
Extract from the web documentary
“We took a walk to meet the inhabitants in order to make audible their forgotten voices. The greatest challenge was settle a relationship of trust in a place where the media inspires mistrust, as they tend to convey a bad idea of the district and reinforce stereotypes”
Marie Picard, film maker