El Ghorba (Les passagers)

The Passengers
For two years, the filmmaker accompanied Rachid, an Algerian in France. She juxtaposed friendly, yet insistent chats about his daily life and plans with facts and figures about migration, raising questions about racism and class relations. When the viewer sees “France for the French” on a wall, it becomes clear how pertinent these questions remain today, if it weren’t clear enough already.
by Annie Tresgot Algeria 1971 French 84’ Black/White Documentary form


Director Annie Tresgot
Cinematography Jean Yves Coïc
Montage Nadine Fischer
Voice-Over Mohammed Chouikh
Production Manager Saïd Chergui

Produced by

Centre Algérien de Documentation et d'Information

Annie Tresgot

Born in Saint-Mandé, France in 1937. She studied at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) in Paris. In addition to her work as a director, Tresgot has worked as an editor for other directors such as Jean Rouch.


1957 Fabliau 1959 L'âge bête 1960 La folle passion; 19 min. 1980 Adieu Pyrénées; 52 min., co-directed by Alain Guesnier · Portrait d'un homme à 60 % parfait: Billy Wilder; 59 min., co-directed by Michel Ciment 1982 L'ange de l'abîme · Elia Kazan, Outsider / Portrait d'Elia Kazan; 56 Min., co-directed by Michel Ciment, Homage 1996 1988 Hello Actors Studio; 165 min., Panorama 1988

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020