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DROWNED MEN (THE) / LE CERCLE DES NOYÉS


The Drowned men, DQ winner in Fribourg 2007
The Drowned Men (Le cercle des noyés), by Pierre-Yves Vaandeweerd / France / 2007 / 75 minutes / DVCam / colour

Mauritania, located in Eastern Africa, is the melting pot of the most diverse ethnic groups. The socio political balance has never been stable. At the end of the Eighties, Mauritanian «intellectuals» were arrested, tortured and humiliated on the pretext of being political agitators. Deported to the remote fortress Oualada, they had to do forced labour. Many of them died. Those who survive are confronted with collective oblivion. They remember or suppress it.

Further details from Fribourg International Film Festival / http://www.fiff.ch/v2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=50