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Le jardin de jad (Arturo Mio, 2007)

Georgi Lazarevski is a Macedonian who was born in Brussels in 1968. When he was 22, he went to Paris to study cinema in the Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière and he worked on many films.

At the same time he also set about an independent career as a photographer, and he travelled extensively abroad. His works deal with, among other things, Macedonia, (’Konsko-Gorno" 1992), the North (’Inuk" 1993), freedom and the image within the image (’Profils Bas" 1994) or ex-Yugoslavia at war (’Natures Yougoslaves’ 1995).

In 1993. He took part in the « Autour du monde » project of the Association Française d’Action Artistique (AFAA of the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères) which puts together and exhibits the work of French photographers in Paris and abroad.

From 1994 to 1997, he travelled to prepare reports for Amnesty International, directing films about Mali, Iraq or Israel and he published his photos in the anthologies of the association. In 1998, he went to the American continent. He made a photographic report on Patagonia, and the following year he worked on another photographic report, « Autour du monde », exhibiting at the Chroniques Nomades de Honfleur, his photos are now part of the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale.

His work as director of photography and filmmaker has led him to the stage and on the sets, though he became famous for his documentaries, especially when he followed his grandfather in « Voyage en sol majeur », a documentary which received an award in 2006. He has just released a new documentary called « Le jardin de Jad », the humorous and melancholy chronicle of the conflict between Palestinians and Israeli, from the perspective of the everyday life of a complicated old people’s home.

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  • Le jardin de jad (Arturo Mio, 2007)
  • Voyage en sol majeur (Quark Production, 2006)

Synopsis of Jardin de Jad

The main sunject of this chronicle is the mysterious Jad, an old rambling man who wears a bonnet all the time, and guides the viewer around this place that’s trapped in a pincer.

The film deals with the everyday life problems of this small community that is cut off the world.

The Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs old people’s house is in Jerusalem. Thanks to a small wooden ladder, some women carrying packages manage to go through the railings, which surround the old people’s home. Inside the home, Jamal takes care of Mister Thomas with a towel and a shaving brush in his hands, « I can tell you, my friend, that it is very hard to come here » he sighs. When I see you rushing about like that, it breaks my heart », sympathizes the old man.

The building of a security wall, which is just in front of the building, does not make life easier for the people of the home. As the home is situated in Israeli territory, many residents do not have any relatives who can visit them because they live on the West Bank and find it hard to obtain a pass. As for the staff, like Jamal, they find it very difficult to come in to work here.

Le Jardin de Jad

Le Jardin de Jad

Georgi Lazarevski (Arturo mio, 2007, 60’) -
Le Jardin de Jad

A l’est de Jérusalem, la construction du mur se poursuit, à quelques mètres d’un hospice de vieux. La progression du mur est inéluctable, spectaculaire. L’assombrissement de la lumière fait écho à la mort prochaine des pensionnaires. Dans les jardins de Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs, certains vieux résistent au déni…

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Le jardin de Jad

Arturo Mio - 2007