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UNTOUCHED BY THE WEST, April 20

46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Sunday, April 20, 2003
6:15 a.m. UNTOUCHED BY THE WEST
Raymond Depardon France, 2002

(Un Homme sans l'Occident). Raymond Depardon, one of France's foremost photographers and documentary filmmakers, combines anthropology and fiction in this story told from the point of view of Alifa, a young tribesman of the African desert at the turn of the twentieth century, a rebel who looks at the Western world from a distance. Untouched by the West is remarkable in the way it captures the feel of a landscape, from the grains of sand running under the wind to the rising storm where a camel struggles to stand. The black-and-white cinematography endows the picture with an epic, thrilling beauty.

—Michel Ciment

• Written by Louis Gardel, Raymond Depardon. Photographed by Raymond Depardon. With Ali Hamit, Brahim Jiddi, Wodji Ouardougou, Hassan Yoskoi. (105 mins)