The Interpreter proposes a perspective on mobility towards Europe as it can be perceived and experienced from the Maghreb. The video evokes the time between a clandestine crossing of the Mediterranean Sea at the end of the 90’s and a recent forced return. It is based on elements from an ongoing field research by geographer Makrem Mandhouj.
The film retraces the significant places of the narrative and makes a detour via the recording studio in Tunis where the voices of the film were recorded. It ends where the project of crossing had originally been planned and implemented several years earlier: in a plantation of olive trees - refuge of "harragas"*, alcohol consumers and lovers - which is gradually covered by the expansion of the city and the impressive houses that successful emigrants living in Europe are currently building.
* the Arabic name given to those who try to cross the borders undocumented