Brûle la mer (Burn the Sea). 2014. Tunisia/France. Directed by Nathalie Nambot, Maki Berchache. In French, Arabic; English subtitles. 75 min.
From the seascapes of the North African Mediterranean to the streetscapes of Paris, this personal 16mm essay film explores the idealism and hard realities of departure and arrival. Stories of the post-revolution Tunisian diaspora in France, who “burned the sea” to leave, only to discover a new form of confinement in their liberation, provide a powerful meditation on personal revolution and freedom, and the compromises that face those whose mobility is a double-edged sword.