Cinema and Representation
Other Views, Other Experiences
By Albert Ohayon and Marc St-Pierre, NFB Collection Analysts
Born in Chile and living in Canada since 1973, Marilú Mallet has made documentaries, fiction films and docudramas. Among her best-known works are Journal inachevé, awardwinner at Biarritz, Chère Amérique, awardwinner at Cannes, and La cueca sola, which won many prestigious prizes in Canada and abroad.
The Tree That Remembers
2002, director: Masoud Raouf
The filmmaker uses the shots of Montreal at night to illustrate the isolation felt by the participants in their new country and intersperses these with personal interviews. The interviews are staged in a very formal way but we sense that the participants are close to the filmmaker and can speak from the heart. The filmmaker, who appears onscreen elsewhere in the film, remains close to the participants and makes it clear early in the film that this is not a film about him but rather about the collective experiences of the exiled Iranian community in Canada.
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