Autobiography is a very old literary genre, even though it was named as such in the 18th century. It is about sharing a narrative of oneself, of the order of personal and intimate experience. The term has Greek roots: writing (graphè, graphy) about one’s own life (auto, self; and bios, life), it concerns writing. But one can legitimately use it to describe films, as long as one considers cinema as writing. Besides, regularly the autobiographical films are made by a single person (Alain Cavalier, Dominique Cabrera, Joseph Morder, Jonas Mekas...). Some of my films belong to this genre. It is a practice that I also transmit in the pedagogical framework, because the recording of the movement of thought, rather than a prepared chronological narrative, leads to discoveries of oneself, of others, and of oneself through others. This is often of great richness.
A collective film, initiated and edited by Benoît Labourdette (1h01’, 2009-2020).
Look out your window at home, and think of an important memory. This collective film is composed of 44 videos (among 500 made) shot by people in France, Algeria and Tunisia, between 2009 and 2013, in creative workshops led by Benoît Labourdette. (...)