2001-2010DocumentaryFrancePoliticsSylvain George

Sylvain George – L’impossible – Pages Arrachées (Songs from the protests) (2009)

Situated in the vein of Rimbaud, Lautréamont, Dostoievski and Benjamin and of free jazz and punk, this film bears witness to the iniquitous policies that shape our era, the “infernal” nature of certain political lives or black bodies (those of immigrants, emigrants, workers, the unemployed, students…). It operates, as a minority film, in a critical stasis of mythical and mainstream realities, and deals with the issue of revolt and insurrection: excesses, disidentification, unclear reconfiguration… We are presented, through a dialectical reversal, “non-places” that cannot be assimilated, utopias, corps-impossibles.The film is divided into five parts:
I. Niggers Wood (Je brûle comme il faut!)
Calais, a desolate town. A white mantle of snow covers the town. Black, tutelary shadows, crosses and belfreys dominate the skyline. Scarlet fires that surround and burn it. Figures and faces of people who re-gress from far away. Migrants. Pariahs. A variation on scenarios of burnt out and infernal political lives: the corps-nègres.
II. Ballad For A Child (On ne te tuera pas plus que si tu étais cadavre)
Calais, a desolate town. Evocation: In a small wood, the “jungle”, a young man from far away, from a war-torn Middle East, was killed. That was in December 2008. It is a whole world, a political world, one that hands over the soul, and to which the soul will return. Invocation: A young man from far away passes by. His words, scars and experiences, like a song, come from even further away: from caves, the sea and the deserts, from oblivion, infinite open spaces. A young man from far away passes by, like a new Orpheus, political, black and rebellious. An impossible young man that nothing or nobody will be able to hold back from now on…
III. Je me suis armé contre la justice (Burn! Burn! Burn!)
Paris. Demonstration, 19th March 2009. Civil servants, students, temporary workers, illegal immigrants, unemployed people and pensioners take to the streets. Until it burns, somewhere between rage and anger. Voices that throw off a yoke and are frozen in time. Until the State represses them, with arbitrary violence, and some innocent bodies are condemned.
IV. Le Temps des Assassins (Fire Music)
Paris. Demonstration, 1st May 2009. Pursuit, and the repetition of the insurrectionary slogan: “Peace for humble cottages, war on the châteaux”. A few centuries later, the City Hall is occupied once more, and the Council of Paris besieged by a revolutionary assembly. Invocation: the Commune of Paris. Evocation: the people that is coming. Time, revisited…
V. Tu resteras hyène etc. (The book of the damned)
Like an infernal circle. A variation on treachery and disavowal, the spit of the renegade as a medal, “pension funds” as a future, based on the book “Lettres à ceux qui sont passés du col Mao au Rotary” de Guy Hocquenghem (we would add “… and to Sarkozy’s court…”) and the films of Lionel Soukaz and of/or with Guy Hocquenghem.

DVD Source: private, region 0, DVD5
DVD Format: PAL
Menus: Untouched
Video: Untouched
Audio: Untouched
DVD extras: none
Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Format profile : Main@Main
Format settings, BVOP : Yes
Format settings, Matrix : Default
Bit rate : 2 000 Kbps
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 576 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Standard : PAL
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Compression mode : Lossy


Language:French, English


  1. Hi, could you please kindly reupload this film? You already made the effort to reupload it once, sadly its link is inactive again. This directors documentaries about refugees are really import I think. I would be very thankful to be able to watch this. Thank you very much for all you do on this site!

    1. fresh links added..

      We don’t post films with a large audience. so our visitor traffic is limited.unpopular films links are deleted quickly. re-uploading is not troublesome for us.

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