MASQUES

MASKS

By Apsita BERTHELOT-CISSÉ

TERRE ROUGE - as PROD

Art - Culture - Completed 2015

An immersion in French Guiana Carnival, one of the longest lasting… «Behind the mask everithing is possible"... An attempt to decipher the tradition of Masked Ball, and its codes.

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FEMI 2016
Hors compétion
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Art - Culture, Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, CREOLE
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 52 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Apsita BERTHELOT-CISSÉ
    • Writer(s)
    • Apsita BERTHELOT-CISSÉ
    • Synopsis
    • This project is an immersion in French Guiana Carnival, one of the longest lasting in the world…An attempt to decipher a tradition and its codes. Paré Masqué (dressed masked) Ball, the way it is experienced nowadays by all sorts of backgrounds Guianese people…
      «The most important is to enjoy remaining mysteriously unknown!» says Carnival goer and masked ball aficionado Fred. «Behind the mask you feel free. Free to be someone else, Free to play guessing games» It all happens in balls as well as on the streets. During this laps of celebration, everybody enjoys embodying mythical carnival characters who belong Guiana history, whether cutter of sugar canes, maroon or golddigger.You don’t mess with tradition down here, as we can discover through the evocation of a masked ball back in 1946, when, for unclear reasons, African soldiers put Cayenne to fire and the sword.
      Today, every single edition of the Carnival, sees the events of this local event of history come out, like a legend.
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