Presented in exceptional preview at the Cannes Film Festival and released in cinemas for two days, “Salam” sheds new light on the life of Diam’s and his career since the end of his career. AlloCiné saw the documentary film event.
Documentary event on Diam’s and his journey since the end of his musical career, Hello is entitled to an exceptional cinema release, before being posted on the BrutX platform at the start of the school year. Produced by Black Dynamite and Brut, this film written and directed by Diam’s, Houda Benyamina (Divines, The Eddy) and Anne Cisse (Vampires) looks back on the journey of the former rapper after 10 years of silence.
Mélanie Diam’s returns through a powerful and moving documentary film, where she tells her story with an open heart. For the first time facing the camera, she confides in fame, psychiatry, the quest for meaning and her conversion to Islam. She leads us in the footsteps of Diam’s and reveals in this intimate and modest story the secrets of her story.
Salam thus shows the difficulties of existing in the eyes of others, of the public, and addresses the issue of mental health in a great French artist and the delicate choice to change her life. From Mauritius to Mali, from Paris to Tanzania, through these trips Mélanie Diam’s returns to the places that have marked her life.
Salam was screened in world premiere and in a special session on May 26 during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival and AlloCiné was able to discover this film event, which should touch Diam’s fans, even if passages are more moving that others.
Diam’s has found peace
This moving documentary film draws its strength from the story of Diam’s, whose real name is Mélanie Georgiades, which is told years after ending her musical career, leaving many fans forlorn. The one who was the representative of a cry of youth in the 2000s looks back on painful moments in her life and uncompromisingly addresses intimate questions about her history.
With modesty but great sincerity, Mélanie Diam’s confides in her moments of glory, her moments of doubt, her failures, psychiatry, the search for a meaning to give to life and her conversion to Islam. She tackles tough topics, talks about depression, suicidal thoughts and media pressure.
The first part of the documentary touches on Mélanie’s words but also on the testimonies of those close to her, such as her mother, her former manager, her former producer and her dearest friends, who comment on and explain the Stations of the Cross and the new life by Diam’s.
But don’t expect to go back in depth on Diam’s musical career or to review excerpts or hear her old sounds, the one who now lives a life far from glitter and showbiz has definitely turned the page.
This does not prevent her from returning to mythical places like the Zénith room or from confronting her with her trophies and rewards for a job that ended up eating away at her but which connected her with millions of people. . Although she retains tenderness and love for her fans and does not seem to have any regrets or grudges, she has now found the inner peace and happiness she has been looking for since childhood, according to his words.
The documentary is punctuated by a fairly neat soundtrack and by Diam’s voice-over, which almost slams when she speaks – proof that her talent for prose has not left her – and also applies to the beauty of his pictures.
Even if this staging is very (too?) clipesque and worked at times so that we feel this sincerity that emanated from the first part. This contrasts with the brute force and authenticity of Diam’s point. The second part of the documentary is a little less convincing, since we turn more to his current life shared between his family life and his association, which remains interesting but too conventional and smooth.
The preview screening in the Salle Bunuel of the Palais des Festivals de Salam moved and touched the public, who applauded the film for a long time. And for those who hoped to see the artist on stage, Diam’s did not wish to be present at Cannes but nevertheless recorded a very warm video which was warmly welcomed by the room, which was packed.
It remains to be seen whether fans will be there at the cinema for the exceptional screenings in certain theaters in France on July 1 and 2, before the documentary is put online on BrutX at the start of the school year.