52 minutes, 2020
Director : Mehdi AHOUDIG (France)
Production : Squaw (France), France Télévisions (France)
In a small town in southern Morocco retired people on modest pensions settle every winter, sheltered within the walls of a campsite.
For the first time they can relax, enjoy life and think of escaping from a France they do not understand. Between their fantasy of Morocco and their imagined Moroccan, they take their chances. A few metres from the campsite a young Moroccan worker escapes from his family background by studying classical music. In a setting reminiscent of a town in a Western, this little group get to know each other, exchanging their fears and hopes.
Mehdi Ahoudig has made many radio documentaries for Arte Radio: for “Qui a connu Lolita?” in 2010 he received the Prix Europa for Best Radio Documentary in Berlin and in 2015 with “Poudreuse dans la Meuse”, he again won the Prix Europa for Best Radio Documentary in Berlin. That programme also won the Prix Grandes Ondes in Brest in 2016.
He has co-directed two documentary films: “La parade” with Samuel Bollendorf (Étoile de la SCAM) and “On ira à Neuilly inch’allah” avec Anna Salzberg (Special Mention at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival Traces de Vies).