Presented in preview at Cannes and broadcast in cinemas on July 1 and 2 only, “Salam” relates the life of Diam’s since the end of his career. BFMTV.com has seen this highly anticipated film for you.
He was eagerly awaited. Hellothe documentary on the life of Diam’s, co-directed by the former rapper with Houda Benyamina (caméra d’or at Cannes in 2016 for divine) and Anne Cissé, is available in theaters for two days only since this Friday.
In Helloscreened in world preview during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 26, Diam’s – whose real name is Mélanie Georgiades – confides for the first time in front of the camera on her success, her mental health, her quest for peace and his conversion to Islam.
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Touching story and testimonials from loved ones
In 2010, then at the height of his glory, Diam’s announced that he was ending his musical career. Despite the success of his four albums including raw womancertified gold or In my bubble, platinum disc, the first female artist to establish herself in rap in France suffers from a deep malaise. A pain, which she manages to soothe thanks to faith and the Muslim religion, according to her words.
It is to “reclaim” this dark period of her history and answer the questions that have remained unanswered for more than ten years, that the ex-rapper returns with transparency and sincerity in Hello about his glory, his moments of doubt, his internment in a clinic, his bipolarity, his taking of medication and his suicidal thoughts.
Without bringing more revelations than the many reports that already exist on the artist, this moving story is punctuated by the testimonies of Diam’s mother, her friends the singer Vitaa and the screenwriter Faïza Guène, her former manager, Nicole Schluss, but also through a discussion with her father, whom she had not seen for years.
No stage image but three unpublished texts
Nostalgic fans who were expecting to see Diam’s on stage again will no doubt be disappointed. The one who was a major figure in rap in the 2000s precisely wishes to ensure by her testimony that she has indeed turned the page on her life as a star.
At the time of production, there is therefore no image – even from the archives – of the young woman in concert. Only one sequence comes close. In it, Diam’s goes to the empty enclosure of the Zénith de La Villette where she says she feels like in “a country she had left.”
Another nod to her career, Mélanie Georgiades confronts herself at the start of the documentary with her trophies and sales awards, which are now gathering dust in her mother’s cellar.
Fans of Diam’s pen will nevertheless be able to discover three original texts throughout the documentary – By dint of running, more and more and I feel guilty – written and recited by Diam’s especially for Hello.
Conversion to Islam
In her testimony, described by some during its broadcast at the Cannes Film Festival as proselytism, Diam’s recounts her discovery of the Muslim religion and how she came to convert to Islam.
While she is having lunch with her friend Vitaa, another guest, a Muslim, leaves the table for a moment to go and say her prayers. Like a click, Diam’s joins her. “The word prayer was non-existent in my life but at that time, I needed it,” she says facing the camera.
In her journey to faith, Diam’s also details the day of her conversion, performed on a beach while vacationing in Mauritius with Vitaa:
“I was very happy, she remembers, sitting years later on this same sandbar. And I never stopped being happy again.”
It was on her return from this trip that the former rapper discovered in Paris Match a stolen photo of her, veiled, leaving a mosque. In tears, the one who wanted at all costs not to reveal her conversion to Islam, nevertheless specifies that this shot, although painful for her, allowed her to assume herself publicly and encouraged her to put an end to it definitively. his career.
Sold as the documentary that was going to explain everything in detail, Salam unfortunately leaves its spectators unsatisfied. In the last third of the documentary, a little less convincing, Diam’s describes his life after, punctuated by his family and his involvement in his association. Big Up Projectfounded in 2009, which helps young orphans in Africa.
Hitherto poignant, the ex-rapper’s speech here becomes almost promotional. And it is also on plans for the orphanage that the former artist in Mali subsidizes that Diam’s testimony ends.