Lév la tét dann fenwar (When the night comes)

  • Lév la tét dann fenwar (Quand la nuit se lève)
Genre : Drama
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2020
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 51 (in minutes)

Jean-René is a former worker who is now retired. He has lived in France, in Mâcon, since emigrating from Reunion Island at the age of seventeen. Today, for the first time, he breaks a silence and tells his daughter his story. His story reveals mysterious dreams and pains that have their roots in the wounds of French colonial history.

an Erika ÉTANGSALÉ film

La Réunion Island (France), 2020, documentary, 51 mins

Lèv la tèt dann fénwar / In the Billowing Night - Extract / Clip from WE FILM on Vimeo.

Original Title: Lév la tét dann fénwar / Dans les brumes de la nuit (AKA Quand la nuit se lève)
English Title: Lèv la tèt dann fénwar / In the Billowing Night (AKA When the night comes)
Country/Territory: Île de la Réunion (La Réunion Island, Indian Ocean, France)

Director/Réalisatrice : Erika Étangsalé
Photography: Jonathan Rubin
Sound: Pierre Georges
Editing: Marianne Haroche

We Film, Tënk

* Audience Award /// 19th Tarifa-Tanger African Film Festival - FCAT 2022 (Spain/Morocco)
* Special Mention (International Jury) /// 19th Tarifa-Tanger African Film Festival - FCAT 2022 (Spain/Morocco)


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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