B U R U N D A M
Burundam is the name of one of the last nomad Berber families settling in the border region between Algeria and Marroco, deeply isolated in the Sahara Desert. The traditional life practice of this family has for centuries consisted in a nomadic movement in between lands, making use of the rare green vegetation that can feed the animals. For the past six years they have been forced to settle and build a sand house, due to the construction of a new army border between Algeria and Marroco, thus they have become extremely limited in terms of resources, facing an extensive region of dunes in one side, and the border in the other side. This conditions have forced them to settle and search for new ways of sustaining their life. This documentary is a silent open portrait on the weight of this landscape and the capacity of Man to create borders in such remote vast locations. Such social and geographic limits can condition the life of some of the oldest and most remote settlers in the world. The border here is never the literal object of the film, but it is the very initial reason why the film takes place, becoming a sort of a ghost, that is always there but can never be seen. This piece is an experimental documentary shot during a four week stay within this family single sand house.
30 minute bw doc
Shot at Sahara desert, Algerian/Marroco Border