The Cinema Dynamo is happy to present Dunes of Deletes (2017, Switzerland, 44 min), a film by Florent Meng (b. 1982, lives and works between Geneva and Paris). Trained as a photographer, Meng uses photographic series and film, fiction and documentary to explore how territories can influence the behavior of communities and how attitudes can in turn build the identities of an area or people.
Shot along the wall on the US-Mexican border, Dunes of Deletes is a dystopic film questioning our relationship to landscape and to migration territories. A hybrid project, this one-of-a-kind documentary fiction is at the same time a mise en scène and the making of of its own shooting.
In Dunes of Deletes, the border between Mexico and the United States disappeared. The wall marking it has been replaced by an impassable, invisible obstacle. All that was around the frontier disappeared, allowing the desert to extend to the towns. The film follows the journey of two Mexicans who decide to leave Los Angeles to join the land of their ancestors on the other side of the invisible wall.
Florent Meng graduated from the École des Beaux Arts de Paris and the HEAD – Genève.