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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Song of a Seer
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Song of a Seer
Song of a Seer

Song of a Seer

director: Aïda Maigre-Touchet
original title: Les Flâneries du voyant
country: Canada, France, Haiti
year: 2018
running time: 72 min.

synopsis

Dominique Batraville, a Haitian poet, journalist and actor, sits in his modest abode and reads. After a minute, he lies and continues in reading. This slowly narrated but impressive documentary presented his person to us by static, often detailed shots, combined with his own monologues and quotes from others.

biography

Aïda Maigre-Touchet (1977) studied film production in France and Canada. She was awarded for her first short film, Kiyoukta (2008), and now she presenting her feature debut.

more about film

director: Aïda Maigre-Touchet
cast: Dominique Batraville
producer: Aïda Maigre-Touchet
photography: Aïda Maigre-Touchet
editing: Aïda Maigre-Touchet, Michel Giroux, René Roberge
sound: Aïda Maigre-Touchet, Martin Allard

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