The Man Who Sold His Skin (L’Homme qui a vendu sa peau)
THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN (2020) by the Tunisian film director #Kaouther_Ben_Hania is not a master piece but it makes the viewer engaged. One the one hand it is a satire of the white art scenes in Europe and on the other hand it is about borders. For Sam Ali, a Syrian refugee the only way to cross borders is to become a commodity, a living art piece. He let an European artist to tattoo a massive Schengen visa on his back.
There is a reference to Goethe’s Faust (selling his soul) in the film, but rather it is more Kafkaesque, as in his story ’In the Penal Colony’ and the torture machine which inscribes the text of the law onto the prisoner’s body.
Indeed what the film depicts is not very far from the existing industry of visual representation of refugees.