Drowned In Oblivion
Belgium/France 2007, 75 min.
»A group were released in the early 1990s on the understanding that they kept a low profile, and even discussing their imprisonment was dangerous. As their numbers diminished due to old age and illness, they began to fear that all trace of what had happened to them would disappear. They were even beginning to forget themselves.
Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd’s film is a collaboration with the survivors of the group that aims to preserve their experience and express their feelings of slipping into oblivion. The Belgian filmmaker met the group while working on other documentaries in Mauritania, and during a decade of visits to the country, he and his collaborators secretly recorded the former prisoners’ memories. When the group decided to take the risk of making a film, this material became the basis for its narrative.