80 min, documentary, Canada, France, 2019
Directed byFerrand, Carlos
Produced byLes Films de l'Autre
Short descriptionThe life of photographer-writer Serge Emmanuel Jongué, told using his own talismans, images and texts.
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A film about Serge Emmanuel Jongué, photographer-writer.
Emigrated to Quebec to escape the family’s shadows, wounds and silences he spent his brief life exploring his multiple origins.
Jongué’s life is told with his own texts, images and talismans from his birth in Aix-en-Provence until his untimely death in Montreal.



Written and directed by : Carlos Ferrand

Direction of photography : Carlos Ferrand

Production : Loïc Bruderlein

Editing :Guillaume Millet

Sound Design: Catherine Van Der Donckt

Sound editing : Benoît Dame

Music : Claude Rivest

Sound recording : Guillaume Mollet, Catherine Van Der Donckt

Narrator : Christian Campbell

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Director's statement

The work of Serge Emmanuel Jongué vibrates between Europe and Africa, image and word, French and English, black and white; its form is the very incarnation of métissage. His photographs, mysterious and evocative, at once fragile, vulnerable and exuberant, resonate with the ambiguity of his origins. Jongué’s quest affects me deeply. It’s a story like those of other exiles in my film Americano, whose narratives — like Jongué’s — attest to our times.

Jongué’s art beckons us to travel, opening the door to the world. The endless comings and goings of this modern-day nomad show the extent to which, for him, identity was fluid, a concept in perpetual evolution — an intimate affair that can only ever be defined by oneself.

The film is sewn together in a kind of cinematic pop-up book, plunging the viewer into an aural and visual scrapbook where Jongué’s travels spring vividly to life. The narration of our road/mind movie is taken from his diaries and closely follows his meanderings, both real and imagined.

The trance of the Métis: this is the state to which the film aspires.


Ferrand, Carlos

Carlos Ferrand was born in Lima, Peru. For the past 35 years he has worked in filmmaking as a screenwriter, director of photography and director. He has directed more than forty films and videos, including Cimarrones (1982), Cuervo (1989), Il parle avec les loups (2002), Casa Loma (2002), Americano (2007). As a director of photography, he has collaborated on productions such as Céline Baril’s Du pic au cœur (2001)Jean-Philippe Duval’s Lumière des oiseaux (1999), and Catherine Martin’s L’esprit des lieux (2006) and Dans les villes (2006). He works in both fiction and documentary. He lives in Montréal with his family.


Non-exhaustive filmography


Jongue, a nomad’s journey (2019 / 80 min)

13, un ludodrame sur Walter Benjamin (2017 / 77 min)

For You (2015 / 80 min)

Planète Yoga (2011 / 90 min)

Americano (2007 / 110 min)

La Griffe Magique (2005 / 52 min)

Poste restante, le ciel (2005 / 8 min)

Flores (2005 / 5min)

A-3 (2005 / 7 min)

Le peuple de la Glace (2003 / 52 min)

Il parle avec les loups (2002 / 52 min)

Ajawajiwesi (1999 / 52 min)

Visionnaires (1998 / 52 min)

Cuervo (1989 / 80 min)

Cimarrones (1982 / 28 min)

Niños (1973 / 18 min)

Screenings archive

Cinémathèque québécoise
From Friday 24 July, 2020 to Sunday 23 August, 2020 Montréal
Cinéma Moderne
From Saturday 08 August, 2020 to Saturday 08 August, 2020 Montréal