Scene from the film A Short Lesson in Cinema
Scene from the film A Short Lesson in Cinema
Scene from the film A Short Lesson in Cinema
Scene from the film A Short Lesson in Cinema
Scene from the film A Short Lesson in Cinema

A Short Lesson in Cinema

  • Switzerland
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Ilham is 12 years old and from an early age she has always loved telling stories. Now she makes films on her computer with her own imaginary heroes. But today, Ilham will be concentrating on something else... This “short lesson in cinema” is a two-way conversation, both happy and thoughtful, between a young girl and the director who has chosen to create her portrait. This raises the question: what is a documentary? Ilham films the world around her, including her family and her grandparents. She questions them and then asks herself: how should she film them? What should she say about them? Like Russian dolls, the two films are interlocking: the one by the director and the other by his subject both actively contribute to the creation of an original piece.


  • Original Title
    A Short Lesson in Cinema
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jean-Stéphane Bron
  • Cinematography
    Blaise Harrison
  • Editing
    Gwénola Héaulme
  • Music
    Christian Garcia
  • Sound
    Jürg Lempen, David Lipka
  • Runtime
    10 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente 2014
    • FIDOCS Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago de Chile 2014
    • Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Shnit, Bern 2014
    • Festival de cinéma pour enfants de Québec, 2015
    • Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2015 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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