Let’s talk Covid-19: Call for video interviews for French film project

Film group Lost in Frenchlation has a call for entries open to anyone wanting to take part in a collaborative film project which will document this pivotal period of history we’re living through.

Let's talk Covid-19: Call for video interviews for French film project
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It may not have crossed your mind yet, but the past three months on planet earth will have their own chapter in history books and documentaries 50 and 100 years from now. 

It’s a momentous and trying time which every country will look back on, hopefully in the knowledge that despite the loss of life and hardships it caused, it at least served to make a positive change in society.

This is the thinking behind Paris-based cinema group Lost in Frenchlation, which in normal times runs regular screenings of French films with English subtitles in the capital and regularly contributes French cinema articles to The Local.

A year ago, they hosted a screening of Chris Marker’s 1963 Le Joli Mai (The Lovely Month of May), a film which captured a cultural, political, and social portrait of Parisians at a turning point in French history.

This year they themselves want to document history in the making, with the help of anyone else in France who also wishes to participate.

“We are launching a collaborative project aimed at encouraging people to reconnect with each other and project the voice of a society in transition,” Lost in Frenchlation writes.

“At a time when humanity has been plunged into uncertainty and individualism, and as we go through a major environmental and humanitarian crisis, our project aims to find a solution in listening to each other, showing empathy for others, sharing common human values and embracing togetherness.”

The film group is calling on people who want to take part to connect with a willing stranger in the street and film the interaction (max. 3 mins).

The interviews should be centred around three main questions:
1. The person’s experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic
2. What they are hoping for or fearing about the years ahead
3. What changes they are willing to make to better society

Submissions are open to pros and beginner filmmakers alike, just remember to stick to the current safety measures such as social distancing during filming.

Participants can send their videos to [email protected] Lost in Frenchlation will select extracts to be featured in their project which they will screen in their partner cinemas once they reopen.

Whether you’re in Paris or somewhere in France or the world, you are welcome to send in your filmed Covid-19 conversation with a stranger. Interviews can be in French, English or any other language.

So, what do you think? Want to take part and one day see your video on the big screen?

If so, find out more here.  

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French government votes to allow return of Covid tests at border

The French parliament has passed the controversial health bill which updates France's emergency provisions for Covid - and allows the return of negative Covid tests for all travellers at the border, if the health situation requires.

French government votes to allow return of Covid tests at border

The Loi sanitaire was eventually approved by the Assemblée nationale on Monday after several variations and amendments added on its passage through the Assemblée and the Senate. It was voted on and passed Tuesday, May 26th. 

The bill replaces the State of Health Emergency that has been in place since March 2020 and puts in place provision for government actions should the health situation deteriorate or a dangerous new variant of Covid emerge.

The original text had a provision for the return of the health pass at the border, but this has now been scrapped and instead the government has the right to make a negative Covid test a condition of entry for all travellers.

At present negative tests are required only for unvaccinated travellers, and the new test requirement would only be put into force if a dangerous new variant emerges.

The government will be able to implement the testing rule by decree for two months, but a further parliamentary debate would be required to extend it beyond that.

From August 1st the State of Health Emergency will be formally repealed, which means that the government no longer has the power to introduce major limits on personal freedom such as lockdowns or curfews without first having a debate in parliament.

The bill also allows for an extension of data collection required for the SI-DEP epidemic monitoring tools such as the contact tracing app Tous Anti Covid until June 30th, 2023 and Contact Covid until January 31st, 2023. 

The most controversial measure in the bill was the reinstatement of healthcare workers who were suspended for being unvaccinated – this actually only involves a couple of hundred people but medical unions and the medical regulator Haut Autorité de Santé (HAS) have both been against it.

However the bill allows for the eventual lifting of the requirement for Covid vaccination for healthcare workers, when the HAS judges it is no longer necessary and once the requirement is lifted, the suspended healthcare workers will be reinstated “immediately”.

The bill was approved on Monday evening with 184 votes to 149, the result of a joint committee that was able to harmonise the versions of the Assembly and the Senate.

The final vote passed the Senate on Tuesday.