France 2020, 93 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles
The great strike that shook France in the mid-1990s left a lasting mark on this small mining town. Director Jonathan Rescigno returns to his hometown and tells the stories of men whose personal lives and careers are still steeped in the fears and struggles that seemingly ended when the mines were shut down. Two men of Algerian descent navigate everyday racism; an ex-miner sorts tear-gas grenades and protest signs; a laborer fears for his future after a work accident; a boxing coach builds his trainees’ character. The connections between the stories and people slowly emerge from the yellow-tinged mists of a town still haunted by the ghosts of its past.
With the support of the Institut Français d’Israël.
Previous Festivals: Berlinale, Shanghai International Film Festival, Les Ecrand Documentaires, Paris, France