INTERNAL DISPLACEMENTS (15', France, 2010)

 

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the countries that have gained their independence question their new identities. Transnistria, an enclaved zone, between Moldova and the Ukraine, is an unrecognized de facto state situated in the Republic of Moldova. Between Transnistria and Moldova, four languages are spoken daily. This political entity with its own cultural attributes is not recognized by any country of the international community including Russia where its troops are still deployed. Transnistria has become a region of internal displacement.

Director: JEAN CHRISTOPHE

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Screenplay: JEAN CHRISTOPHE

Cinematography: JEAN CHRISTOPHE

Editing: GERT OP DE BEECK, JEAN CHRISTOPHE

Music: HANS OP DE BEECK

Sound: JEAN CHRISTOPHE

Producer: GUYLAINE HUET

Production: LE FRESNOY



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Director's contact: jc[at]jeanchristophe[dot]org

 

 

JEAN CHRISTOPHE was born in France of a French father and an American mother of Lithuanian origin. In 1998, he completed an MFA at Prague’s Film Academy FAMU. After working as an art director for Ogilvy in Budapest, he moved to Italy, where he directed short films to support social campaigns, and then he collaborated with Colors Magazine, where he created photographic essays and wrote articles covering social themes—first in Eastern Europe, then in New York City. Whilst in New York, JEAN CHRISTOPHE joined Journeyman Pictures in 2001 to work on the film MARIA FULL OF GRACE. In 2006 he began a long-term project about transitional states in the Eastern Bloc. His work in Kosovo in 2007 and Abkhazia in 2008 was supported by UNICEF. JEAN CHRISTOPHE has just completed a two-year fellowship at LE FRESNOY.

 

Second Prize - Air France Le Grand Palais, Paris 2010

 

“My family background may explain in part the development of my thinking and the direction of my work and research.  Born of parents from two different cultures and languages, I have  been confronted with the notion of identity myself.  The process of understanding  who I am has helped me to better examine the complex  identity problems of Kosovo and Abkhazia, which were part of previous projects that I worked on for the United Nations. When I work on these projects, it is not the answers to questions that I seek but bearing witness to how these peoples are similar and yet different.  The human experience leaves an indelible mark on the passage of time and it is this mark that photography tries to capture. Images reflect truths that we feel yet paradoxically do not see.” (JEAN CHRISTOPHE)

 

“What initially seems a collection of black and white photographs, proves to be a complex manifest of a community in search of the lost identity, a monochromatic poem at its best. Each photograph is a statement in itself:  every detail has a hidden internal displacement, portraying a generation of people politically forced to leave their homes but to remain in their country - a contemporary generation of neo-refugees.” (Ioana Mischie, BIEFF 2012)

 

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