ISLAND ROAD

75 min, documentary, France, 2019
Directed byFrancescu Artily
Produced byWhite Chestnut Production
Languagefrench/english

Film details

Synopsis

The Isle de Jean Charles is found on the Bayou, in southeast Louisiana. The location is currently inhabited by descendants of Choctaw, Biloxi and Chitimacha Native American tribes representing fifty residents or so. Since the 18th century, fishing has been the community’s means of sustenance. This strip of land, however, is slowly disappearing due to rising water levels, a combination of hurricanes and overall climate changes. The ecosystem is also being weakened by the construction of canals used by oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. State Department initiated a relocation project for Native American communities on this land. But the Isle de Jean Charles was not integrated to the Mississippi’s containment project given the high costs that it would entail. In such a context of forced migration, the remaining dwellers are beginning to question their isolation between resistance and abandonment.

 

Credits

Written and directed by : Francescu Artily

Cinematography and edited by : Francescu Artily
Music : Matt Elliott

Sound and mix : Jean Florent Chatillon

Production : WHITE CHESTNUT

Production Coordinator : Lea Eouzan Pieri

 

Financial Partners 

La collectivité de Corse (CDC)

Corsica Linea
AFC UMANI

Director's statement

If there exists a single lesson of anthropology, it is that culture is neither a decoration nor an artifice. Culture gives sense to our own lives. It is a body of knowledge that allows us to understand the order of the universe. Respecting other peoples means acknowledging that, for as small as they may be, they all carry the capacity to enrich our collective human heritage through a series of ideas, beliefs and customs that allowed us to make progress as a society. It is thus in the exploration of such diversity of wisdom and rituals, of intuition and interpretation, of promises and hope, that this story situates itself.

Director

Francescu Artily

Born in Ajaccio, Corsica, Francescu Artily obtained his secondary school certificate from the French High School of Mexico. He graduated in Art and Visual Arts from the CAAV (Centre d’Arts Audiovisuels) of Guadalajara, Mexico in 2007. Artily earned his Master’s Degree in Filmmaking from the ESCAC of Barcelona (Ecole Supérieure de Cinéma et d’Audiovisuel de Catalogne) in 2008.The same year, he wrote and directed Entre-nous (Between-Us), his first fictional short film produced by the Barcelona-based production company, Escándalo Films. Since then, Artily continues releasing documentaries, fictions, investigations and cultural shows as Director of Photography and Filmmaker for both the film industry and TV networks. In 2015, he cofounded White Chestnut Production, an independent production company that supports contemporary film authors and their creativity. As part of the company, Artily produced
and directed several films in France and in the United States. His works have been selected and awarded in numerous festivals in France and abroad.

 

Filmography

 

Savannah, 52min – Documentary, 2019

Island Road (2019) – Documentary, 73 min, Louisiana – United States

Sandtown-Winchester (2019)
On m’a donné la terre (2018) – Documentary, 54 min, Ajaccio – Corsica
Entrez, on ferme (Co-director, 2016) – Documentary, 53 min, Bastia – Corsica
Entre Nous (2008) – Fiction, 07 min, Barcelona – Spain