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jeudi 18 février 2016

FIFO 2016, topical awards

Current events full brunt

The International Oceanian Film Festival (FIFO) is it topical? Undoubtedly. The FIFO jury reached agreement wisely in order to distinguish the documentary creations that best illustrated the vital concerns of this continent scattered in the Pacific.

The FIFO selection, as the Public prize are subject to the same criteria: a topic thoughtful in depth, an original and based information, the feast of the senses also, and above all a connection of feelings between characters and us. The success follows from this intensity implemented by the sensitivity of the movie-directors. And the 13th session has fulfilled us.

The winners in a snap
 In fact, the winning paintings cover all the crisis of living together which exceeds Oceania and affects the whole world. They are all treated according to an innovative artistic thread: in terms of narrative and audio-visual framework, from the viewpoint of witness, etc. They are acts of creation and not impassive reports that would be therefore, them, superficial.

Beyond aesthetics, the issues that sometimes emerge, they relate to existential dramas. An exception, however, in the short film category: Fixed (Australia) is the winner in the cold humor genre. Its 7 min are especially sharp, they touch a subject as serious: our obtrusive and indecent conviction of disposing freely of the natural order of mammals called inferior.

An image of the lucid innocence
What lesson learned from this edition? She seems to be in this little movie gem (Fixed). The scenario invites us not to be fooled by the "grown-ups": this is the picture of innocence. We all projected ourselves into this child, her insight to refuse untruths and to declare it bluntly. Our world is to be revisited with new eyes.

In full context
All themes of the films awarded by the jury, condemn unexpected scandals. Including the problematics of actual integration of indigenous minorities of Australia (Another Country), the essential balance between work and leisure (The Ground we won), the fight to end the wounds of colonization (The Price of Peace), rehabilitation of hidden history sections (Tupaia), critical analysis of the economic monopoly, over-exploitation of the sea and environment of workers (Le Salaire des profondeurs), the unavoidable question of abuse on pet animals (Fixed)...

As for the public, it bestowed its favors to a conciliation work in which the approach of Ancients joined the aspirations of young people and won the challenge of generations. Although it doesn't hide this sinister intransigence advocating vitality, profitability, score and trying to oust the seniors from physical prowess, Hip-Hop-Eration is a genuine smile in this film competition.

Alex Lee and the challenge of "Hip-Hop-Eration"
When the FIFO and the premiere of Totem Liberté (New Caledonia) debuted, Noumea's penitentiary is living the double tragedy of a mutiny and the suicide of an inmate. The sad fact of detention conditions thus catches the dream of artistic breakaway showed by the documentaries. The cinematic approach of Camp East, refined by emotion and modesty of the camera, can no longer dissociate from silhouettes overshadowed behind their ilma (totem).

Incarceration, a recurring theme of the "off" and "in" with Prison Songs, bounces from north to south of the Pacific continent and echoes in our fresh memory with the accents of the Rap from Berrimah (Australia).

The prison whose we get off, our heads held high.
Does the captivity participate in the symbol of this insular confinement? Isolated from the rest of the world, handicapped by the maritime distance between each islands, Oceania is largely marked by this dependence on monopolies of the international market. Linked to the power of the descendants of European settlers who make fortunes at the expense of indigenous Māori or Mā'ohi, despite its many accessions to independence or autonomy, the Oceanian continent is vegetating  in misery, still more immured in its insularity.

Overview across Awards
The Grand Prix (FIFO-France TV), awarded to Another country (Australia), works on the principle of aboriginal incantatory voice, addressing the Whites. On the poetic rhythm of the voice-over, the actor David Gulpilil, the panorama of a precarious daily follows on, picture after another. Advocacy of a lifestyle in communion with nature and community values, it faces autism of rulers.

The Ground we won (New Zealand), winning the 1st Special Jury Prize is paradoxical. Neck-deep in the mud of the soil and the rugby field, it tackles on the harshness of rural life, climate, grueling task, the sublimation of fair play and honesty; on the smut of an exclusively male sphere, promoting the community; on the lewd and drunken spillway, the safe morality. In fact, the third halftime of these sporty-cattlemen will raise some prudery waves among the spectators. A team so far from the dream of another reality in Samoa!

In the clay that makes us
With The Price of Peace (New Zealand), which won the 2nd Special Jury Prize, the challenge is different. The impeccable Tame Iti and members of his movement, victims of police brutality which unmasks families, including children and old people, traces his career. It's an arm wrestling seven years of harassment and imprisonment between a minority Ngai Tuhoe, parked on a tiny plot of the island of Aotearoa and the Whites' majority. After more than a century and a half under British crown. And although law enforcement officials came to ask forgiveness, "The past is in front of us with his injury," concluded the reluctant hero.

The 3rd Special Jury Prize, Tupaia  (French Polynesia - New Zealand), is designed between archival documents, petroglyphs and other traces in New Zealand and a blank of historical pageant. It dispels the mists of a browser, Cook, overshadowing the role of a national of fenua, the priest and arioi (actor) Tupaia, native of Leeward Islands.

The paltry cost of living...
 The Special Jury Mention, Le Salaire des profondeurs (New Caledonia), conveys us to Fidji. Dish particularly popular in Asia including China, sea cucumbers are threatened by overfishing... As for other marine species endangered, the Oceanian divers are incurring irreversible risks. Far from the myths, there is nothing left, only overexploitation, lived as a curse.

On the sidelines, the assessment of FIFO
The FIFO is still far from representing all the 16 states and 15 territories that make up Oceania. But it's approaching, through intervening productions. Its images are broadcasted everywhere and increase its visibility. Is it not the role of art as boost political decisions? The COP21 is a fruitful example...

Don't neglect the amateurs'craze for the 7th Art. Their imagination bloom in various stages of the genesis of a movie. Welcome to the winner of the "1st Writing Marathon", Sophie Blanc, on a proposal for a "departure"; and its co-competitor, Mireille Bindé, bedecked with a special mention for his screenplay: L'abeille (The Bee).

The deserted FIFO.
The Oceanian documentary cinema? One concern that challenges us all... anonymous spectators or participants, increasingly numerous at workshops. The FIFO is active; it's a good sign, all the same!

Le prize list 2016, in the image of its President Abderrahmane Sissako, just like its Oceanian documentary makers, reflects more than ever the human dimension: the humanist fiber on alert, the respect for the pain and the hope of a future better.

From Timbuktu to Pacific antipodes, the sensitive flesh in this world which becomes dehumanized.

An article of Monak

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