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West Empire

Mathieu Le Lay
France, 2015, 26 min.

In English.
This film is family friendly.

AIFF Award Winner:
Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography

Remains from a vanished past, the ghost towns of the American West are full of stories and legends. West Empire is an immersion into the heart of these towns left behind after the mining era and where a few people still persist to live today. In a setting of American deserts, these inhabitants live a timeless life with one priority: the search for freedom. Referring to their past, these men and women bring a strong testimony of their life experience. In the light of these atypical encounters, the film makes us think about how our modern society is governed, about time and the importance of living in the moment of now.

Director's Statement

I finally need very little to be happy and reach Happiness. I get rid of the superfluous, I avoid having too much in my life and in my work space since it pollutes the mind. Film with natural sounds and music give another emotional dimension and this very emotion is what I want to share as a filmmaker.

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Climate Change, Community, Environment, World Cinema.

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