Brûle la mer (Burn the Sea)

Nathalie Nambot, Maki Berchache

Country: France
Year: 2014
Format: Digital
Length: 75 min
Image: Colour
Language: French / Arabic
Subtitles: Catalan, English

Production company: Les Films du Bilboquet
Producer: Alix Didrich, Eugénie Michel-Villette
Screenplay: Nathalie Nambot, Maki Berchache
Photography: Nicolas Rey
Editor: Gilda Fine
Sound: Nathalie Nambot
Actors: Maki Berchache, Shaharedin Saidi, Badredin Nobig, Shadi Al Fawaghara, Selim Sohbani, Mahmoud El Saleh

Contact: [email protected]

Presented by: Nathalie Nambot, Maki Berchache


“History is only written about great people; we don’t exist”. Fragmented stories of young Tunisians’ struggle and exile after the fall of Ben Ali. What does it mean to break with one's past, dream of freedom and emancipation, make a film and write a piece of history? A film essay at the crossroads between the energy of a revolution, a departure for Europe, and the violence of a welcome declined.


Nathalie Nambot works in theatre and film, and forms part of L'Abominable, an artist-run film laboratory near Paris. Her films include Ami, entends tu (2010). Maki Berchache (Zarzis) worked in several hotels in Tunisia and arrived in France just after the fall of Ben Ali. He was introduced to cinema at L’Abominable; Brûle la mer is his first film. 


  1. Prix Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cerbère - FID Marseille
  2. Mention Prix Institut Français de la Critique en Ligne - FID Marseille
  3. Docs Lisboa
  4. Mención Especial Largometraje - L'Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona