“A day that could also be a life. A young man who could also be an older woman. A nightmare that could also be a dream. In Tunisia, while it could also be somewhere else: on the border between the necessity and the fear to make a film, between the necessity and the fear for the revolution, is This Day Won’t Last – cooperation at a distance. That is how this self-portrait turns into a group portrait. Clandestine, but straight from the heart: an end that could also lead to a new beginning.” (Mouaad el Salem) The film-maker’s own words draw the attention toward the composite nature of his debut film, a short made of a variety of images – including Jarman-esque blacks – from several different sources, i.e. analogue still images, cell phone videos, and miniDV recordings. An intense voice-over provides a unifying emotional thread.
Since 2017, Mouaad el Salem has been a film director, producer, cameraperson, soundperson, editor, activist, and the leading character of his debut film This Day Won’t Last. Mouaad lives and dreams in Tunisia and Europe.
Color + black & white
Sound edit & design: David Chaloiti
Music: Huda Asfour
producer: Nour Al Amal
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