2005, video, 21 min, color, stereo, French, Subtitles available in English.
"Occupation" is a short narrative portrait of Malik, a homeless Senegalese postcard salesman living in Aubervilliers, France. Malik lives out of his car; his existence has hardened into a circular routine of urban exploration by night and the selling of his self-made postcards by day. The cards are the result of his travels through the peripheral spaces of the Aubervilliers. Avoiding typical touristic cityscapes, Malik's postcards focus on highway overpasses, disused factories, and housing projects. The film shows one day and night in Malik's life, a life that is both entangled with his host city and permanently pushed to its margins.
This project was shot during the month of September 2005 in Aubervilliers, France. It is commissioned by Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, and will premier at Les Laboratoires on March 16, 2006.
Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers
Conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis
Director of Photography
Written and Directed by
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"Aubervilliers" (1947) by Eli Lotar and Jacques Prévert
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Mr et Mme Aubert
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Centre technique municipal Léon Péjoux
Cinéma Le Studio
Fondation Fatras Prévert
Radio France Internationale