51 minutes, 2021
Director : Romano BOTTINELLI (France)
Production : Les Films du Carry (France), France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France), Lyon Capitale TV (France)
I don’t know what my father went through during the Algerian war. One thing is certain, though, he came back marked. To give shape to this missing story, I went to meet former conscripts who have managed to free themselves from silence. They refuse the pension which is their due as combatants. This symbolic gesture shows their remorse at having been forced to obey dishonourable orders to subjugate a people who wanted independence. Seeing these men with their battered consciences, my father’s wound finally makes sense.
By training a dancer and choreographer, now a documentary director, Romano Bottinelli is an artist who explores and combines different worlds. Through his work he wants to come closer to the intimate and bring an offbeat, quirky and original point of view.