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the elders of the Gagarin metropolis of Ivry inform their story within the documentary by Adnane Tragha

Adnane Tragha, 47, grew up reverse the HLM bars of Gagarin, this metropolis “pink” (PCF city corridor) situated in Ivry-sur-Seine, emblematic of the Parisian suburbs. All his associates got here from “Gag” and he felt at residence there. However on the age of 28, his research completed, he hastened like many to flee this district. Nonetheless, it was inconceivable to stay detached when he discovered, in 2019, that this enormous set of pink bricks was be destroyed and all his reminiscences and attachment to the place resurface.

In We grew up collectively, filmed and produced in whole independence, he wished to inform from his viewpoint the neighborhood he knew. Its goal: to depart a mark and pay tribute to the historic inhabitants of this advanced of 350 houses, inaugurated in jubilation in 1963 within the presence of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

Within the fall of 2019, whereas the town emptied of its inhabitants, leprous partitions and doorways walled up towards the squatters, awaits the diggers in lifeless silence, Adnane Tragha seizes this surprising setting to testify one after the other, going through digicam, a dozen Gagarin women and men. On abandoned landings or two-room residences, these folks revive the lifetime of the neighborhood but additionally share their life paths.

There’s Michel, who arrived on the very starting, on the age of 17. “Once I noticed this mountain of pink bricks, my life modified“, he remembers. There was the elevator, a radiator in every room, a bathe and bathrooms within the house. Byzantium. This impression of consolation is not going to final. The buildings are deteriorating quickly, the lessor doesn’t There was no fund for upkeep.With the commercial disaster, unemployment and social distress set in, and with them, within the Eighties, medicine and AIDS.

Nonetheless, amongst former Gagarin like Karim, Yvette, Mehdy, Daniel or Karima, we relatively keep in mind the constructive and the solidarity. A big household the place the inhabitants, usually of immigrant origin, are linked by their belonging to this place. Gagarin marks identities. “I might by no means be that individual with out Gagarin“, guarantee a number of audio system. It is a matter each inside, the place you must impose your self to exist, and out of doors, the place the Gagarinois are seen as “wild” and downgraded.

The prejudices that we now have about them, the inhabitants of the neighborhoods ship them again in a boomerang on society. It’s only removed from the town, once they have the possibility to get out of it, that they study to free themselves from the gaze of others and to place issues into perspective, “to not decide folks of much less modest origin as bourgeoisIn the identical means, Samira, who studied at Harvard in america, confides that she felt French there for the primary time.

An image from the documentary

One interlocutor particularly bursts the display screen: Loïc, alias the rapper Okay-Concern from La Brigade, whose frank discuss irrigates the entire movie. From childhood, he has solely good reminiscences, even when he needed to show himself very early and loads of bullshit to be admitted, “harmful stuff“. Afterwards, it goes dangerous. “As a young person, I felt cramped in Gagarin“. He then simply found hip-hop. “Çhas revolutionized my life. I did not have a father, hip-hop raised me“, he says.

Shock: in Gagarin, the place the 2 PNL rappers spent a part of their adolescence and shot in 2019 concurrently Adnane Tragha their clip Two brothers, early hip-hop was poorly perceived. “Hip-hop, I did that on the sly. Artistically, I couldn’t specific myself right here“, remembers Loïc: “dwithin the metropolis there may be zero tolerance for originality.”

The affect of the PCF is in fact talked about, in a nuanced means: the plain efforts of the communist city corridor in favor of younger folks with the neighborhood branches, in addition to the way in which through which the paternalistic elected “cocos” dissuaded the inhabitants who tried to enter politics. With out forgetting “thehome arrest” felt by all younger folks, who, sufficiently old to emancipate themselves and dreaming of elsewhere, have been invariably provided lodging within the metropolis close to their mother and father.

Adnane Tragha movies these 13 flooring of pink brick and the rails of the prepare that runs alongside the town with a sure gentleness. With out going into an off-topic aesthetic, he appears to wish to attenuate the miserable aspect and the harshness of the place, which typically appears virtually luminous, as if handed by the filter of reminiscences. To revive the effervescence of a time that’s no extra, he doesn’t disdain a little bit of staging: he recreates the video games of youngsters within the stairwells, fantasizes a nightclub in a constructing corridor , movies clouds of glowing smoke, giving the documentary a contact of dreamlike melancholy. A gaggle of musicians led by Manu Merlot, filmed in the midst of the ruins, additionally punctuates the movie.

With delicacy and sensitivity, the director sheds mild on the inspiring journeys of inhabitants of a working-class district, who’re too usually invisible. By displaying these faces and listening to those phrases, he places the human on the heart of the discourse. All over the place in France, within the suburbs the place this movie was proven in preview, the inhabitants discovered themselves there.

The documentary poster

Gender : documentary
Realization and manufacturing : Adnane Tragha
Nation : France
Period : 1h12
Exit : September 21, 2022
Synopsis : In Ivry-sur-Seine, within the internal suburbs of Paris, the Gagarin metropolis was a logo. Destroyed in 2020, this movie brings it again to life, by the eyes of Adnane Tragha, who grew up reverse, and thru the phrases of its former inhabitants. Again within the abandoned metropolis, they evoke their reminiscences of the place. Daniel, Loïc, Karima, Yvette, Foued, Samira and even Mehdy inform their story, their expertise, their emotions.

Be aware : “We grew up collectively” can also be a e book by Adnane Tragha, richly illustrated and extra private, revealed by JC Lattès.

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