The story behind my undocumented father

What does it mean to be "undocumented" in France? How do you build your life, far from your family and your language, in fear of deportation? From Zarzis to Paris, this intimate family podcast tells the story of the daily life and heritage of my father, who arrived in France in the 1980s. 
11 August 2022
docusonores [{"user_id":"1473","role":"Mixing; Editing & Sound design"},{"user_id":"1487","role":"Illustration"},{"user_id":"1540","role":"Production"}] https://inkyfada.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Podcast-Sans-papiers.mp3 https://inkyfada.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Podcast-Migration-Sans-Papiers-AR.srt Derrière les “sans-papiers”, il y a mon père - أبي، رجل "بلا أوراق" Derrière les “sans-papiers”, il y a mon père - أبي، رجل "بلا أوراق" Que signifie être “sans-papier” en France ? Comment se construit-on, loin de ses proches et de sa langue, dans la crainte de l’expulsion ? De Zarzis à Paris, ce podcast intimiste et familial raconte le quotidien et l’héritage de mon père, arrivé en France dans les années 80. 

ماذا يعني أن تكون "بلا أوراق" في فرنسا ؟ كيف يمكن للمرء بناء حياته بعيدا عن أهله ولسانه، في خوف دائم من أن يُرحّل ؟ من جرجيس إلى باريس، يروي هذا البودكاست العائلي حياة أبي اليومية وتراثه منذ هاجر إلى فرنسا في ثمانينات القرن الماضي.

Created by
Haïfa Mzalouat
Mixing; Editing & Sound design
Oussema Gaidi
Tayma Ben Ahmed
Rym Amami

At the heart of political and media debates on both sides of the Mediterranean, migration is a subject that is mainly approached through the prism of security and economics, which rarely gives a voice to those concerned: those who leave their native land and build their lives in exile. Essentialised, reduced to the demonised image of "undocumented migrants", they have very little say.

Beyond the administrative condition, being "undocumented" in France has become, in the collective imagination, a form of identity. However, behind these men and women, stories of exile, rootedness and transmission are being built, starting with our own families. inkyfada Podcast would like to thank all those who have contributed in any way to the making of this episode. 


Inkyfada Podcast is the first platform entirely dedicated to original Tunisian podcasts, and was conceived by Inkyfada media in collaboration with the in-house research and development laboratory, InkyLab.
Inkyfada joined the global podcast boom in 2017, when the team produced the first Tunisian audio documentary, diving deep into the belly of the El Kamour struggle taking place in the desert.
Since then, Inkyfada Podcast has produced a wide variety of documentaries, investigations, and podcast series, as well as articles accompanied by music; covering a multitude of contemporary issues in order to offer an immersive and alternative podcast experience.
Whilst exclusively offering audio content, the Inkyfada Podcast team upholds the same core values and principles of inkyfada.com, and is committed to producing high quality content though a dynamic and meticulous production process.
In addition to the permanent team, Inkyfada podcast works closely with various journalists, artists, illustrators, musicians and other content creators in order to diversify the platform and support artistic creativity.
These podcasts differ from traditional radiophonic content in that the applied production and editing process is more akin to cinematographic techniques, in addition to being web-based, downloadable and accessible on demand.
Additionally, Inkyfada Podcast uniquely offers subtitles in French, Arabic and English for all audio content, the majority of which is recorded in Tunisian or in the preferred language of the speaker in question.

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