The barber shop

Short film – 16’12 – 2017


Surrendering themselves to razors and scissors, Emran, Gadisa and Maher are having their hair cut or beard trimmed. Sitting in front of the mirror, their thoughts drift between memories of home and the tragic events of the journey that brought them here, to the Calais Jungle. As their hair is coiffed and faces are cleaned, they patiently consider the present and the future. While the demolition of the Jungle takes place and a new chapter of exile begins, this film examines the image that we have of migrants in Europe.


Emilien Cancet & Gustavo Almenara


Emilien Cancet & Gustavo Almenara


Xbo films

Following a Masters degree in Applied Foreign Languages, Emilien Cancet started working as a photographer for a  report on the excesses of greenhouse farming in Andalusia. He then studied documentary film and worked as a cameraman and editor for Libération and as a photographer for AFP in Paris. In 2011, he began filming the documentary, Playground, that was awarded the Youth Competition Prize at Les Escales Documentaires in La Rochelle in 2014. In addition to his personal projects, he works as a photographer for the news and for events, he’s also a cinematographer and director for various production companies and businesses. His work mainly focuses on human beings and different perceptions of the contemporary world.

After graduating from Arts Décoratifs in Paris where he studied film animation in 2006, Gustavo Almenara worked as a creator, animator, graphic designer and editor for music videos, advertising, animation series, short films and broadcast design. He does both animation and live action films, especially on projects combining video and graphic design. Since 2009, he has co-produced documentary films focusing on the “value of words”. In 2015, he produced a feature length music film, Shapes, which begins an exploration of the connections between music and animation. He lives and works in Paris and St Denis where he’s a resident at Le 6B.

Prix Égalité et Diversité au Festival International du Court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand 2018
Prix du meilleur scénario au Le Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne 2018 
Prix spécial du jury jeune pour le meilleur court métrage international au Festival de Cine de Madrid
Prix du public – Catégorie Documentaire au Grenzland Filmtage Selb 2019 (Germany)

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2019 (Australia) / Itinérances Festival Cinéma d’Alès 2018 (France) / Traces de vies 2017 (France) / Rencontres Documentaires – Festival du film d’Action Sociale 2018 (France) / Festival du film Ethnographique du Quebec 2018 (Canada) / Festival Courtivore 2018 (France) / Festival International de Cine de Huesca 2018 (Spain) / Lunatik Short Film Festival Leipzig 2018 (Germany) / Rencontres du film documentaire de Mellionnec 2018 (France) / Partie(s) de Campagne Festival 2018 (France) / Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival 2018 (Brazil) / Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos 2018 (Bolivia) / Festival international du Film Nancy-Lorraine 2018 (France) / Take One Action Film Festival 2018 (Scotland) / DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2018 (South Corea) / Cine Migrante 2018 (Argentina) / War on Screen 2018 (France) / Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival 2018 (Egypt) / Film Fest Ebers Walde 2018 (Germany) / Terra di Tutti Film Festival 2018 (Italy) / DokumentArts 2018 (Germany) / Festival International du Film Francophone Tubigen 2018 (Germany) / Festival Interférences 2018 (France) / Fenêtres sur courts Festival 2018 (France) / Festival Court en Scène 2018 (France) / L’Alternativa Festival 2018 (Spain) / Court c’est court 2018 (France) / Festival de Cinéma du Grain à Démoudre 2018 (France) / Festival International Séquence Court métrage 2018 (France) / Festival du Court-Métrage de Loubens-Lauraguais 2018 (France) / Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe 2019 (France) / MalatestaShort Film Festival 2019 (Italy) / Documed 2019 (Tunisia) / DMZ International Documentary Film Festival – special screening (South Corea) / Catalog of La Fete du court-métrage 2019 …

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