V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Challenge

V' 16

The Challenge

Yuri Ancarani
F/I, 2016
Documentaries, 70min, OmeU

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The Challenge

Yuri Ancarani
F/I, 2016
Documentaries, 70min, OmeU

Actors: 
Khaled Al-Kaja
Nasser Al-Kaabi
Soul Riders Qatar
Khaled Al-Hammadi
Osama Yacoub
Rachid Mesfer Hamad Al-Shahwani Al-Hajri
Hadi Ghedir Al-Hajri
Hamad Saoud Al-Shahwani Al-Hajri
Jaber Ghanem
Ali Al-Fayed Al-Hajri
Contributors: 
Composer
Lorenzo Senni
Federico Fantini
Screenplay: 
Yuri Ancarani
Sound: 
Mirco Mencacci
Camera: 
Yuri Ancarani
Luca Nervegna
Jonathan Ricquebourg
Editor: 
Yuri Ancarani
Composer: 
Lorenzo Senni
Federico Fantini

Production: 
Atopic Films, La Bête, Ring Film
World Sales: 
Slingshot Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

Falconry has a history that stretches back over 40 centuries. In the West it was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. Three years of observing this form of hunting in the field have made it possible to capture the spirit of a tradition that today allows its practitioners to keep a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban lifestyle. Our guide to how they cross that threshold is a falconer taking his birds to compete in a tournament in Qatar. In the glaring light of an empty landscape, following flight lines and lures, the film recounts a strange kind of “desert weekend”, in which technological and anthropological microcosms hang in the air, like the falcon, drifting on the irreversible currents of images. (film-documentaire.fr)

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