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Presse 2010

What if they had a film festival and no producers came ?

Unthinkable. Unless it’s the Anûû-rû âboro film festival in the Kanak region of New Caledonia.

What if they had a film festival and no producers came ?Here I’m keeping my producer cap in my luggage as we hang with documentary directors from around the world.

It’s a big commitment in terms of time and not just the 60 hours each way some must travel. This is perhaps the only festival in the world were the business end of the business is virtually non-existent.

At the Berlin International Film Festival the meetings were in 10-minute parcels, here they run for hours over a pina colada or two.

So why are we here ? (aside from the luxury hotel (with free breakfast) the pool and the ocean right there). I think it’s because this one festival represents why we make documentaries. We’re here to share obscure worlds with people who do not even have a cinema. We’re here because none of us make our movies for money (and here every screening is free). We’re here for the community of filmmakers, our shared passions and experiences.

But perhaps the real reason we have all suspended our busy lives to be sequestered in one of the remotest parts of the planet is something more subtle. We’re here, as it turns out, to reconnect with our filmmaking id. Somehow producers and distributors just wouldn’t fit.
p.s the id is : "It is the dark, inaccessible part of our personality, what little we know of it we have learnt from our study of the dream-work and of the construction of neurotic symptoms, and most of this is of a negative character and can be described only as a contrast to the ego. We all approach the id with analogies : we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations... It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organisation, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle."

— Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933)