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Firefly In The Darkness Of Time

Spring Grants 2019 - Development Stage

Djamel Kerkar / Feature Experimental or Essay / Algeria, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: French / Interests: Creative Documentary


I deal with the survival of memory and utopias, the ghosts of history that constantly reappear. I offer them a space to unfold and a body of incarnation, that of a man: Mohamed Harbi, his environment, his intellectual activity and his trajectory. Coming from, and having lived in, a country and a culture where transmission is in the form of resourcefulness, and where the historical memory guarantor has been lost; as a being who has lost his shadow. Our protagonist’s particularity is to have lived history as a leading actor but also to have thought of it as a historian. At a very young age, he became involved in the struggle for Algerian independence, but, as he said, was it a choice or an obvious one? Very quickly, however, in the fight for independence, the project of another possible revolutionary society was imposed on itself. This desire for a film emanates as a survival linked to a collective anguish, with which I personally want to confront myself—to at least draw the contours of the shadow.


Djamel Kerkar
Djamel Kerkar
Narimane Mari

About the Director

Djamel Kerkar was born in 1987 in Algiers. After studying economics, and having been an animator and programmer at the Chrysalis Film Club; he studied cinema at ESAV Marrakech. Kerkar directed two short films, 'Earth is full of ghosts', and 'Archipel'. 'Atlal' his first feature film received the First Prize at FID Marseille 2016, as well as two special mentions from GNCR and international online critics and was selected in more than 40 Festivals. He works and develops several projects in hybrid forms and explores the idea of memory mapping.


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    Narimane Mari

    Centrale Eclectrique

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