Tanger Med — 2013

This film presents itself as a journey through one of Tanger’s franc-zones, a new industrial port whose construction was initiated in 2003, 40 km outside the city. Constantly expanding, Tanger might well become Africa’s largest port. Territory of transit and trade, strategic point for worldwide fluxes, Tanger Med (name of the franc-zone) is also a large restricted zone whose access is closed to the local population.

Joseph Krommendijk, Alice Van Den Berg and Paul Jules Smith met with different people concerned with this new territory. The movie is thus articulated around the confrontation between a crane operator who works in the zone, villagers whose land has been transformed and who were promised work as a compensation, as well as many individuals from all over the country, sometimes very young, who find shelter around the port until they can migrate to Europe. This piece was shot in march 2013 as part of the “Puisqu’on Vous Dit Que C’est Possible” résidence organized by the Besançon ISBA at Tanger’s library. It is the fruit of a collaboration between three master’s students of the Brussels ENSAV La Cambre.

The workshop addressed issues around the representation of working class struggles and the Arab Spring. The movie Tanger Med joins a tradition of activist cinema (chris marker) and depicts a recently acquired freedom of speech which still encounters obstacles in Morocco.

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11'01'' · 16:9 HD · 2013 · Extract