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Port Djema

A Feature film by Éric Heumann

Produced by Paradis Films

Release in France : 23/04/1997

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Paradis Films

Foreign production companies :

Theo Angelopoulos Production, Classic S.R.L.

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Co-productions :

La Générale d'images, Orly Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Roissy Films

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When Pierre Feldman, a Paris surgeon, arrives in Port Djema, one of France's former flyspeck colonies in East Africa, he knows nothing about the brutal civil war between the Assad nomads and the ruling clan that is tearing the country apart. He has come to fulfil a promise that he made to Antoine Barrasse, a friend of his who was found murdered in Port Djema. Antoine was a doctor, like Pierre. He use to run a dispensary in the heart of rebel country, deep inside what is now a forbidden zone.


After years of relief work in the field, experiencing the world and its misery as a member of humanitarian organizations, there comes a time when you no longer know where you're heading. You skim over the misfortunes of others at top speed without even stopping. One cause replaces another, one form of suffering erases another. I felt the need to take a break. To step back and look. To use film to transmit some of the questions born of my contact with the world's wounds. Commitment? But to what extent? How do the people to whom we have given the role of victim see our way of playing the white-coated saviours? Why do we commit ourselves? The objectivity created by fiction was essential in my attempts to

answer those questions. (Jacques Lebas, screenwriter)

Full credits (12)

Executive Producer :

Marc Soustras

Director of Photography :

Yorgos Arvanitis

Sound assistant :

Colette Constantini

Editor :

Isabelle Dedieu

Music Composer :

Sanjay Mishra

Sales Agent :

Raphaël Berdugo

Screenwriters :

Éric Heumann, Jacques Lebas

Sound recordists :

François Waledisch, Christophe Winding, Claude Villand, Bernard Leroux

Press Attaché (film) :

Eva Simonet

Production Designers :

Danka Semenowicz, Yves Bernard

Costume designer :

Valérie Delafosse

Still Photographer :

Florence Dugowson

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Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

Italy, Greece, France

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Majority French (Italy, Greece, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 35 min

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Dolby SRD


Festival Selections (3)

Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


Out of Competition

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1997

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1997)


Feature Films

Berlin International Film Festival - 1997

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1997)


Official Competition


Berlin International Film Festival - 1997

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1997)


Silver Bear for Best Director : Éric Heumann