DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Le ciel, la terre et l’homme

Le ciel, la terre et l’homme

People from the Moroccan deserts. In the midst of magnificent, lonely and windswept landscapes the Aït Seghrouchen, a nomadic tribe who defy the sandstorms in tents and breed animals, live as they have done since time began. Or perhaps not quite. There are also radio masts guarded by individual men who are glad about contemporary amenities like mobile phones, television, Internet and electricity.

The children in the desert listen to the transistor radio with their big brother. The families herd goats and sheep together and sell them on the market, the best for 30 €. A son moved into the nearest town, a sand-coloured cluster of buildings, most of them still built with clay bricks. He is a day labourer and has already earned enough money to buy a plot of land. At the tribe’s great Lemma feast they dance all night and can meet their spirits. Others work in the garbage, sorting the leftovers of tourism in this still untouched-looking area. An ancient cycle of life and nature.

Saskia Walker
Original Title: Le ciel, la terre et l’homme
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: Arabic
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 70 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Caroline Reucker
Producer: Caroline Reucker, Götz Reinicke (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
Cinematographer: David Finn
Editor: Isabella Kohl, Caroline Reucker
Music: Moritz Laux, Max Clouth
Sound: Volker Ambruster
Script: Caroline Reucker

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.