It all begins in the footsteps of a little-known soldier, a Tunisian who fought in the 14-18 war, was tortured in Belgium, then sent to Germany. In the camp where he was imprisoned, a researcher, linguist and musicologist decided to record his 19-minute song.
More than a century later, this sound archive has resurfaced thanks to the work of two historians. From among hundreds of recordings, they selected one, a moving voice, unrestrained, free and touching by its hidden messages. But who is Sadok, this singer with such a golden voice?
After months of investigation, one of the researchers decided to have Jasser Haj Youssef, a talented composer and viola d'amore player of Tunisian origin, listen to this very special song. Without imagining for a second that, thanks to him, his great-grandfather would be identified and his grandson would be able to discover this voice and this story!
This was the beginning of a quest for meaning for this child of music, born into a family where singing and music were deeply rooted. One man's singing has spanned a century before finally returning to him. By chance for some, synchronicity for others, Jasser decided to incorporate this voice into his new album and concerts. But he wants to go even further, setting off with his viola d'amore as his only luggage, in search of a multi-generational song, on a journey through history, between Monastir, Marseille, the Château de Chambord and Berlin.
This documentary is the extraordinary story of a sound heritage combining music and voice, of an invisible transmission that crosses borders, cultures and ages and turns an artist's life upside down, taking him on a journey to discover his own family's musical history and breathing new life into his creative work.
In Development with Aloest Films 2023-2024