The fourth edition of Lab Doc, the documentary writing residency of Meditalents, will take place in 3 sessions of 5 days to be spread over a period of about 6 months from May 2023 at the Convent of Compassion in the 12th arrondissement of Marseille.the 1st session took place from May 8 to 12, 2023.
Claire Simon is The Godmother of this fourth edition of Lab Doc.
" Jean Christophe proposed me to sponsor the fourth edition of the Lab Doc and I am honored, I hope to be up to it... It is not won, I know... I wish you all courage, perseverance and also to sleep well, laugh a lot and not to take your project too tragically. I always found it easier to have good ideas than to make good films. So writing a project is like dreaming and convincing yourself at the same time that this dream is great, unique, and doing a great tap dance number with people who don't like dancing and seem a bit uptight, even sinister... Good luck!!!! "
Samia Al Kayar
As a film editor, I directed a short documentary in 2003 about the war in Iraq, my father's country. My film was selected in Festivals including: Les états généraux du documentaire (Lussas), les escales documentaires (la Rochelle), les écrans du réel (Beirut)...It was screened at the Cinéma des Cinéastes in Paris by "Documentaire sur grand écran" and on the ephemeral site "Arte-Le Louvre" in 2009. In 2012, I was in residence at the Moulin d'Andé for a project that did not see the light of day.I regularly intervene at the Lycée Suger in Saint-Denis with students in the Cinema section.Since 2020 I left Paris in order to devote myself more to documentary. In particular, I wrote a project for the production "Bootstrap Label" in 2021.Since the end of 2021 I am doing regular location scouting for my project "In what world do you live Canetti".
Dans quel monde tu vis Canetti
They recently got out of prison. Cyrille Canetti, a psychiatrist, after having practiced there for 25 years. His patients after serving their sentences.Month after month, Cyrille now receives them in the privacy of his new office at the hospital. Broken by incarceration, these men are gradually trying to repair their lives. He is gradually trying to get rid of a prison world that still sticks to him.
Kahina Benakli grew up in Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis. She decided to leave Paris to take an ES baccalaureate in the Var. Having always been passionate about theater, she decided to return to her first love and began a three-year actor's training program from which she graduated. It was during this first course that she directed a short documentary on the "Calais Jungle". She then decided to move to Marseille where she worked as an assistant and casting director. In 2021, she was co-author and casting director on the film "Merlich Merlich" and since November 2021, she has been a theater and cinema teacher in three elementary school in Marseille. In June 2022, she wrote and directed her first short fiction film. Directing turned out to be an enriching experience, a revelation for her.
Kahina Benakli, living in Paris, an actress by training, in her thirties, discovers, post confinement, a passion for English boxing. It is while visiting her family in the South of France that she learns that four of her grandfather's brothers were great boxers, champions in the 1950s. She then decides to embark on a quest to revive her sacred great-uncles. A journey between history and memories, between France and Morocco.
Born on June 12, 1985 in Algiers, Leila AOUDJ is a producer and artistic director of film festivals. After a postgraduate degree at EM Strasbourg, and after a stint at FEMIS, Leila AOUDJ joined the team of the international festival "les Rencontres Cinématographiques de Bejaia" and became Artistic Director and Programmer of the Festival for 5 years. She then contributes to various film projects as Producer, Director, editor or Artistic Director.
La boite à chaussure
What does it mean to be a woman artist today? With her camera and her one look, an Algerian photographer explores her place in the art world. How do her photographs convey the way she looks at the world? How can photography be used to immortalize the moment and highlight aspects of society that are often ignored?
Sonia Kichah, author-director studied philosophy and cinema in Paris at the Sorbonne under the direction of Jean-Paul Torok, Claude Sautet's screenwriter. She is currently working on a thesis on the character of "Lilith" in cinema. After having been an assistant director on the documentary "Frantz Fanon". In 2001, she went behind the camera to sign her first short film " Feu Vert " selected in Clermont. She wrote and directed her first documentary "Veiled Identities", 52, on the issue of the veil in France, on Tenk. She wrote and directed " Les oubliés de Cassis " a 71' documentary for Public Sénat and France 3 France Ô, Tenk. " Voyage en Beurgeoisie " 52' for Public Sénat, France Ô. "A caravan in the desert" 80', JCC, FIPA'. " Le Jihad au féminin ", 52' for LCP, " Beaucaire une histoire française, France 3 on the RN in power."
Chambre à soi
In politically divided Tunisia, between Islamists and progressives, five young women aged 28 to 38 share a modest roommate in a residential building. Having come to work in the country's largest city, far from their families and reproving glances, the path to freedom is marked by hardships. Shunned by the conservatives who consider them as girls of little virtue, they face a rejection fed by tough prejudices. Nevertheless, the small group of women supports and supports each other. They even welcome a new roommate: a white chiwawa, who carefully observes the lives of the house's inhabitants.
French-Italian documentary filmmaker, I studied art history and cello in Bologna and Berlin, then moved to Brussels, where I graduated in filmmaking at INSAS and in "Speculative Narrative" at erg. Since then I work as a director, author, sound designer and video maker. I also make documentary animation films with the illustrator Charline Collette, which we develop during residencies and workshops with audiences of all ages, as well as children's albums.Since 2015, I am an active member of the ARG (Animation Research Group), an international artistic research collective around animation practices, with which I have exhibited at BOZAR and the erg gallery (Brussels), at the Mundaneum (Mons) and at the Khiasma space (Paris). My first feature-length documentary, Domus de Janas, is currently being broadcast.
Ma Grand-mère d'Égypte
Sophie had to flee her native Egypt forever in 1956, in the context of the Suez crisis. She never forgot it.Woman-rabbi and Arab immigrant, brilliant mathematician and housewife, she will have been crossed by her time while displaying a candid strength that questions me - between the passivity of the victims and the suspension of the wise.In a film-essay in the first person, mixing archival footage, home movies and animated objects of memory, I trace the story of this particular history - that of my grandmother - against the backdrop of the great history and the political and identity-related questions it raises in me today. Between Paris and Cairo, between present and past, the fragmentary portrait of a complex woman emerges...
Paola Di Mitri
Paola Di Mitri is a director, writer and performer of documentary theater and documentary film. Her works start from the reuse of historical and family archive materials and deal with social and political issues. Among her theatrical directions Vita Amore Morte and Rivoluzione (2022) presented at the Festival Romaeuropa 2022, Libya. Back Home (2019) which debuts at the Festival delle Colline Torinesi and at the Festival Romaeuropa 2019, Human Animal (2017), Il Paradiso degli idioti (finalist Premio Scenario 2015).In 2021, she signs the direction of her first documentary film Tutti i Nostri Affanni produced by ZaLab Film. The same year she collaborates ,as author, to the documentary film Qui Non c'è niente di Speciale, winner of the XVI Salina Doc Fest and works as author and performer in the film Comunisti, winner of the Zavattini Prize and presented in official selection out of competition. at the 40th Film Festival of Turin.
The Big Hole
Il Grande Buco" is a creative documentary that, starting from the personal history of the author, will open to a collective and generational dimension.Intermingling the use of private and historical archive images with images shot in the present time, the film traces a subjective journey within the left-wing social movements in Italy, from the 1960s until today. The hole between the two rooms of the new house where the two authors live, is the point from which all their thoughts are born.The choice to have or not to have a child becomes the pretext to represent the disorientation of a whole generation (that of the thirty-year-olds today) facing the future.
Moroccan director, screenwriter and producer of documentary and fiction films. She will accompany the winners throughout the second edition of Lab Doc. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1970, Leïla KILANI studied economics in Paris, obtaining a DEA in History and Civilization of the Mediterranean before preparing a thesis at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Leïla Kilani has always dreamed of being a clown. Today, she lives between Paris and Tangier.
A freelance journalist since 1997, she turned to documentaries in 1999, with a number of highly acclaimed films: "Tanger, le rêve des brûleurs", 2002, about would-be immigrants to Europe, "Zad Moultaka, passages", 2002, "D'ici et d'ailleurs", a documentary on industrial memory in France, and "Nos lieux interdits" (2008). She then directed "Sur la planche" (2011), her 1st feature-length fiction film, which was selected for the Directors' Fortnight at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and at over 80 festivals. She is currently working on finishing her second feature film: Indivisions.
Shu Aiello lives in Marseille. She alternates between director and production manager. She has worked alongside directors as diverse as Jean Louis Comolli, Yossif Pasternak, Yvan Lemoine, Yves Anchar, Jean Yves Collet... As a director, she has written and directed some twenty documentaries for television, many of them devoted to questions of identity and society raised by the colonial history of France and its overseas territories. She has also directed a number of children's fiction series and reports for channel 5.
Claire Simon is a British-born filmmaker known for her work in both fiction and documentary. She started as a self-taught filmmaker in the late 1970s and later discovered the power of direct cinema at the Varan Workshops. Her notable films include "LA POLICE," a short film awarded at the Belfort Festival, and "COUTE QUE COUTE," a documentary chronicling the downfall of a small food company. In 1997, she directed her first feature film, "SINON, OUI," based on a true story. Her films often blur the line between documentary and fiction, such as "LES BUREAUX DE DIEU" and "GARE DU NORD." She is known for capturing authentic stories and exploring the human experience.
Philippe Pujol grew up in Marseille, where his parents settled in 1977. He obtained a degree in biology, became a computer engineer, and later pursued a master's degree in scientific journalism from the Marseille School of Journalism and Communication. This led him to a local journalist internship at La Marseillaise newspaper in 2003. The following year, he accepted a position in the crime section.
In 2014, Philippe Pujol was awarded the 76th Albert-Londres Prize for his series of articles titled "Quartiers shit" about the northern neighborhoods of Marseille. The same year, he left La Marseillaise due to the newspaper's bankruptcy and subsequent economic layoffs.
In 2017, he published the book "Mon cousin le fasciste" (My Fascist Cousin), dedicated to his right-wing extremist cousin, Yvan Benedetti.
He is a member of the editorial committee of Disclose, an investigative journalism organization.
Philippe Pujol currently lives and works in Marseille.