La Grande Safae

image de l'oeuvre La Grande Safae de  Randa Maroufi Randa Maroufi

De Randa Maroufi film 2014

The film could be presented as an experimental documentary freely inspired by a character who really existed, and who disappeared in the 1980s, known as La Grande Safae. He was a transvestite, and spent part of his life working as a domestic servant for my family, which was quite unaware of his “true” sexual identity. Genuine witnesses and actors tell stories about him and describe this enigmatic figure who for many years was a fantasy figure for me. Three actors – two women and a man – play the role of Safae and help sketch a portrait of this elusive person. By combining real-life events and a fictional approach I raise the question of the mise-en-scène and truth of events while evoking the perception of a troubled identity.

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La Grande Safae, ma famille. Judith Abensour, Thomas Bauer, François Bonenfant, Daniel Dobbels, Bernard Faucon, Christophe Le Gac, Laurent Millet, Christian Rouillard, Madeleine Van Doren, toute l’équipe du Fresnoy, l’équipe technique et artistique du tournage. Merci à tous ceux qui, quoiqu’ils fassent, nous aident…

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