Mixing fragmented stories of people with views of a landscape in perpetual transformation we travel intimately in the footsteps of a contemporary Alice in what was once a leafy forest populated by birds and water sources and is today a modern day “concrete jungle” in the center of the infamous northern district of Marseille. At the crossroads of societal, historical, architectural and human issues, nature seems caught in a grip, breathing only in the hollow of a memory of those who lived through it as children in the 60’s and 70’s. Separating image from text, “Là où la terre” paints a portrait of a contemporary neighborhood battered by perpetual violent transformation that echoes in the vulnerable voices of its habitants and the tension between presence and absence, broken down into patterns; plants, animals, humans.
Jeff Silva is a filmmaker, artist, and teacher originally from Boston. Jeff works across medias and genres but his work shares a kinship with traditions of experimental film and new modes of ethnographic documentary, exploring the quotidian aspects of his subjects lives, often over long spans of time. His most recently completed projects include Linefork (2017), Ivan & Ivana (2011), and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008) have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally. A long-time affiliate of the SEL (Sensory Ethnography Lab) at Harvard University, Jeff helped develop the curriculum and methodology of the program at its inception while a teaching fellow aside founder and director Lucien Castaing-Taylor. In 2000 he co-founded BALAGAN, the offbeat and alternative micro-cinema screening series in Boston that continues to present marginalized films to the community.
Ramona Badescu is a French-Romania artist, author of children’s literature, theatre actress and poet. “Là où la terre” is her first film project. Born in Romania, Badescu immigrated to France at the age of 10 after the fall of the authoritarian regime. Ramona has published more than 25 books in French since 2002, garnering numerous accolades and press. Many have subsequently been translated into English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, German, Korean, Norwegian, and Greek.