Mariage Blanc (White Wedding)
Gustav Deutsch and Mostafa Tabbou.
Austria/Marokko, 5 min. 1996

Mariage Blanc in Morocco means a sham marriage between a Moroccan man and a European woman in order to obtain a residence permit and thereafter the citizenship of a European country.
Literally translated 'Mariage Blanc' means 'white wedding' which, considering the dark skin of the majority of the Moroccan population, can be taken as a reference to the white skin of the European women. In the last few years the authorities have taken special measures to prevent these sham arriages, including inspection of the joint household and separate questioning of the marriage partners about intimate details of the other partner. On their side, the marriage partners attempt to prepare themselves for these interviews by exchanging intimate personal details with each other. Many partners have, in fact, become very close because of this.
The theme of Mariage Blanc is this very intimate form of attempted immigration which is, for Mostafa Tabbou, simultaneously fiction and reality. The film was shot in three days in July of 1996 in the Hotel de Paris in Casablanca, Morocco. (Gustav Deutsch)


Augenzeuge der Fremde
(Eyewitnesses in Foreign Countries)

Gustav Deutsch and Mostafa Tabbou. Austria, 33 min (Original format: 16 mm) 1993 An authentic film-experiment in 600 takes, 3 seconds each.

A European's private images in Africa and an African's in Europe. A mutual perception of the one's and the other's native place.
As a child I pictured an oasis to myself as a small lake surrounded by palms, with nothing but sand dunes around it. Only when I first visited an oasis ten years ago, did I have to realise that my picture was wrong. In a similar way this happened to me with almost all those exotic pictures of travel lust impressed on my mind by children's books, travel folders and motives on bank notes. I was quite surprised when I discovered pictures of snowcapped mountains including alpine huts and lakes in many caf?s in North Africa. These pictures, like my own in the oasis, immediately exposed to me such false identities one people establishes of another country, another culture, another people, and which is maintained as scenery for foreigners all over the world to avoid "dis"-illusions.
Precisely these "dis"-illusions opened my eyes. Every foreigner who's looking for more than the satisfaction of his voyeurism or the fulfillment of clich?s, and who interprets his stay in foreign countries as a creative discussion with the unknown, as an opportunity to mutual acquaintance and understanding, is just because of this perception of authentic and individual images capable of respecting foreign people and cultures. In this way he could probably contribute to one of the most important subjects of our times, international understanding and integration. This film-experiment deals with the search and the capture of such authentic and individual images of foreign countries.
(Gustav Deutsch)

Gustav Deutsch
was born in 1952. Drawings since 1962. Music since 1964. Photography since 1967. Architecture since 1970. Videos since 1977. Films since 1981. Sounds since 1981, Performances since 1983 in Austria, France, Germany, Luxemburg, England, Marocco, Greece and Turkey.

Mostafa Tabbou
was born in 1964. He worked as a mechanic of bikes, Blacksmith, receptionist. Draws, paints, takes pictures and films since 1988 in Morocco, Algeria and Austria.
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