63 minutes / Colour / 2017
Directed by
Laurent van Lanker

Anthropologist Laurent van Lanker

Country of production Belgium

A film of wind and despair, of fire and solidarity, of hope and hell.

An intimate and inside perspective of the ‘jungle’ of Calais, evoked through a polyphony of bodies, tales, and atmospheres. So familiar to us from news reports, van Lancker helps us see the “jungle” anew, providing an immersive, sensory journey through the social life and survival strategies of migrants. Shot on numerous visits during the entire duration of the ‘jungle’s’ existence, and often using a collaborative methodology - images and narrations are partly produced by the migrants - Kalès is a film that is both poetic and political; it is a visceral document to the everyday life of migrants, and their capacity for creating new social network and for adaptation.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest RAI/Basil Wright

Location(s) depicted Calais

Region Western Europe

Country France

Keywords Migration Refugees / Displaced populations Squatter Settlements / Homelessness Participatory / Collaborative methods

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