Private Project

Password: Fajara

Abstract phantoms of trucks cross the screen – we see them moving as bands of light across the top edge the frame. Infrared images of the Jungle near Calais. This is where refugees are waiting in the hope of reaching Great Britain through the Eurotunnel one day. “Fajara” is the Arab word for explosion. But in the Jungle it was a word for: getting through, making it to the other side, arriving. The images become abstract, semantics dissolve. A haunting film about the phantoms of meaning (of words).

  • Séverine Sajous
  • Patricia Sánchez Mora
  • Patricia Sánchez Mora
  • Séverine Sajous
  • Patricia Sánchez Mora
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, French
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • DOK Leipzig
    October 31, 2017
    World Premiere
    Official International Short Competition
  • Busan International Short Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    April 26, 2019
    Asian Premier
    Official International Competition
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
    October 4, 2018
    North American premiere
    Official International Short Competition
  • Piélagos en cine
    May 4, 2018
    Cantabrian Premiere
    Best Documentary Film Award
Distribution Information
  • Novena Nube
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Séverine Sajous, Patricia Sánchez Mora

Patricia Sánchez has got a degree in Media and Communications, a postgraduate in Audiovisual Anthropology and she is graduated in Documentation and Library Sciences. In 2007 she created laudiovisual prod, a company engaged in film production and event organization. Its film productions - Cracks (2013) and You Will Fall Again (2015) - received several awards, nationally (Fiver, Canal +, ...) and internationally (Jumping Frames Hong Kong, 60SIFF Islamabad, Inshadow Lisboa...). The Festival of Lies (2016) – first feature production - got Doc In Progress award at Visions du Réel. Recently she have finished the production management of feature film "Occidente", the release of wich will be held in 2018. At DOKLeipzig 2017, Patricia presented her first film as director, writer and editor. She works in l’Alternativa, Barcelona Independent Film Festival since 2006, where she organizes audiovisual education activities, and is responsible for l’Aternativa’s Professional Section.

As producer
Password: Fajara – 2017 – 17' – Documentary (Dir. Séverine Sajous, Patricia Sánchez Mora)
The Festival of Lies – 2016 – 65' – Documentary (Dir. Sílvia Subiròs)
You Will Fall Again – 2015 – 6' – Fiction (Dir. Alex Pachón)
Cracks – 2013 – 3' – Fiction (Dir. Alex Pachón)

As director, writer and editor
Password: Fajara – 2017 – 17' – Documentary

As production manager
Padilla. O el Don – 2019 – 90' – Documental (Dir. Marta Figueras)
Escoltes – 2019 – 60' – Documental (Dir. Marta Figueras)
Occidente – 2018 – 90' – Fiction (Dir. Jorge Acebo)

As local producer
Quinqui Stars – 2018 – 90' – Documental Creativo (Dir. J. Vicente Córdoba)
My life is Circus – 2018 – 50' x 4 cap. - Documentary (Dir. Felipe Briso)
El gat Barbieri – 2018 – 52' – Documentary (Dir. Nancy Savoca)

As cinematographer and director assistant
La alegría del barrio – 2008 – 60' – Documentary (Dir. Carlos Calero)

Séverine Sajous is a french photographer and visual artist based in Barcelona. She understands photography as a way to be engaged with our world, in such a way that it raises awareness and critical thinking. Autodidact she takes a course of photojournalism and carries out her first project, an approach to informal recycling in the streets of Barcelona. At this occasion she works on the representation of body emotions amongst the workforce in the scrap yard in the form of a calendar. Her work has been preselected by the Association Nationale des Iconographes during the review of the portofolios for the partial exhibition of the festival Visa Pour l´Image 2015. It was published in Vice magazine. The calendar "De Hierro" 2017 was also finalist of the DOCfield Dummy Award Fundació Banc Sabadell.Socially involved,in October 2015 and on her own initiative she starts « Jungleye », a new project of participatory photography in the refugee camps in Europe and Middle East. Her work has been published in El país, Le Monde, The Guardian, Fisheye, Aljazeera amongst others. In September 2016 she receives a grant from the European Commission to achieve a new project "Transit Tales" with refugees and asylum seekers in four European capitals.

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