Cinema and Representation
A Voice From Within
By Albert Ohayon and Marc St-Pierre, NFB Collection Analysts
Lebanese-born Pierre Sidaoui left his country in 1988 because of the civil war. After living in Mexico, birthplace of his paternal grandmother, he moved to Quebec in 1991. Although he has a degree in civil engineering, he went back to school to study film. Since then he has worked in the field as script writer, director and teacher. A Scent of Mint (2002) was the first film he directed professionally.
A Sleeping Tree Dreams of Its Roots
1992, director: Michka Saäl
The filmmaker speaks directly to the camera to recount her experiences with an immigration officer. She talks to the camera as if she were confiding to a friend. She uses shots of a faceless bureaucrat handling her file to help illustrate her story.
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