Luxembourg life in all its various facets

This summer RTL Today is presenting a new 24-part documentary series taking an offbeat look at Luxembourg life. While they are subtitled in English, there is no voice-over, with people speaking their various languages. The series was first broadcast on RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg in 2015.

Each episode is the work of a different director from the K-13 collective. He or she follows a person within their community, permitting the spectator, through that person's daily life, dreams and personal conflicts, to immerse themselves in a new reality. Containing no commentary or judgements, the series is inspired by documentary observation films, giving each producer the chance to offer his own view on a given situation.

Between a drug addict's woes and the adventures of a Luxembourg family on holiday, the episodes can take on a more serious or light tone. All concern a single person's destiny, but are at the same time incorporated into a larger socio-cultural community, which is finally that of Luxembourg. The complementary nature of the various episodes give the viewer a highly-nuanced view of our country and its inhabitants.

routwäissgro: episode 3 - "Ebrima at the Pescatore"

Directed by: Catherine Richard

Ebrima is a quiet, intelligent and sensitive young man. The 24 year old emigrated to Luxembourg and now works as a healthcare assistant at the Fondation Pescatore, one of the earliest retirement homes in Luxembourg. It is here that the young man cares for elderly Luxembourgers, who knew a country that doesn't exist any more. He cares for Mrs Dondelinger, who is in her nineties and whom Ebrima helps in her day to day activities. Even if the language barrier stands in the way of communication, both have found common ground in the feeling that they have left their home far behind.

About Catherine Richard...

After her Master’s degree in cinematography and audio-visual studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1999, Catherine Richard broke into media as a researcher and in various departments on feature film sets. In 2002, she won the “Kieslowski Prize” screenwriting competition and produced her short film Laterna Magica. Her rather eclectic career as a filmmaker took off. She co-directed a first historical documentary about the military service in Luxembourg Ons Arméi with Tom Alesch, and directed Ëmmer beret, which is about the history of scouting in Luxembourg. From then on, she has regularly directed commissioned historical documentaries in connection with Luxembourg.

Because of her films, she discovered the rich archive of amateur films at the CNA (Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg), from which she draws her various projects. One of them was ReMEMBRANEce, a dance piece by the Japanese choreographer Yuko Kominami, for whom she directed a video about women’s memory. This piece was shown inside the Luxembourg pavilion in Shanghai in 2010. Most recently, with director Anne Schroeder, she contributed to writing a documentary project about women’s history in Luxembourg. Catherine regularly works for the CNA.