Guy Hennebelle, Monique Martineau Hennebelle, 1974
“The Hour of Liberation is, therefore, a partisan film at all levels. In terms of the montage as well: you can’t place images filmed on both sides of the fence in any order, and tell the viewer to choose sides; that would put oppression and freedom, injustice and justice on the same level. The film is constructed on a structure that rejects the bourgeois conception of ‘objectivity’: it clearly takes sides, without necessarily hiding the difficulties of the struggle, without hiding the contradictions, without ultimately lapsing into triumphalism. The entire montage is conceived to produce an analysis of what a people’s war is.”
Farida Ayari, Férid Boughedir, Guy Hennebelle, 1981
“The International Women’s Year provided me with the opportunity to make it [Fatma 75]. I figured that, for the first Tunisian film entirely devoted to this subject, I must not resort to fiction but make an analytical work. Through this film, I set about demystifying what is called ‘the miracle of Tunisian women’s emancipation’.”
Je ne veux pas faire du cinéma pour faire du cinéma. Non. Je veux dire certaines choses, totalement. Quand j’ai écrit mon scénario, je n’ai pas pensé à un public, ni au facteur commercial ni aux critiques. Je vivais en France avec un sentiment de minoritaire et j’ai voulu vomir des choses que j’avais sur le cœur. Oui, oui, vous pouvez l’écrire : Soleil Ô est un vomissement.
My duty as a filmmaker consists in furnishing the arms of critique, the intellectual means to understand what happens so that the spectators are not “had” by what they’re told. I don’t believe at all that The Dupes is a negative film because it talks of failure. My position is a little like the mother who warns her child, “If you do this, this is what will happen. If you go into the woods, you will be eaten by the wolf…”