EN - An intimate and inside perspective on the Calais ‘jungle’, evoked through a polyphony of men, tales and atmospheres. A sensory journey through the social life and survival strategies of migrants. A film of wind and despair, of fire and solidarity, of hope and hell. Sharing the daily life of migrants, on numerous visits during the entire duration of the jungle, and often using a collaborative methodology (images and narrations partly produced by the migrants), director Laurent Van Lancker presents a film that is both poetical and political, evoking an untold and internal perception on the faculty of adaptation and the social life of migrants.


Title Kalès
Original title Kalès
Original language English, Arabic, Pashtu
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Documentary
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2017-11-15


Photography Anna Savchenko, Laurent Van Lancker, Guillaume Vandenberghe
Editing Rudi Maerten, Laurent Van Lancker
Sound Anna Savchenko, Aurelien Lebourg, Laszlo Umbreit

Technical specs

Running time film 65'
Release format DCP
Other available formats MOV
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



2017: IDFA, Amsterdam (NL); Fimer à tout prix, Brussels (BE); Crossing Europe, Linz (AT); Oaxaca Film Festival (MX); LIFF, Beirut (LB)


2017: Grand Prix/FWB Award & Quadrature du Cercle Award - Festival filmer à tout prix (BE)

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Short info

Director Laurent Van Lancker
Producers Laurent Van Lancker, Ellen Meiresonne
Writers Laurent Van Lancker, Khalid Mansour, Abdel Raouf, Khalid Pacha, Babak Inanloo

Ellen Meiresonne
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1020 Brussels
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Website www.kalesthemovie.be
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