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Le Chêne Pointu, one day at a time

On the 6th floor of a building, David cuts the hair of his friend Pevo, whose family lives in a shared flat with 3 other Nige- rians. The opportunity to come back on the feeling of abandonment which reigns in the Chêne Pointu. When it was built, the 9-building complex was intended to offer access to property in a pleasant set- ting at the gates of Paris. The epicenter of the 2005 riots, the condominium is now considered the most dilapidated in France. While many owners have left the neighbo- rhood, leaving the place to sleepwalkers, those who had to stay and those who ar- rived recently still live there. A commu- nity, used to the system D, which supports itself in spite of the obstacles. If they have stopped believing in the promises made to them, they do not give up. Like the Sylla family whose warm apartment contrasts radically with the state of the common areas. Like constellations, their homes sparkle at nightfall on the concrete fa- cades. Time for Peter to discreetly join his makeshift dwelling on the roof of one of the buildings. At the Chêne Pointu, each one composes with this stricken environ- ment to arrange a semblance of normality.

 

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