If I Had Four Camels

Si j'avais quatre dromadaires

A narration of experiences accompanied by some of the countless still images Chris Marker captured through his photo camera, while travelling to 26 countries. A few years following the futuristic short film La Jetée, Marker once again took a stab at inserting still images, this time on the occasion of a documentary, as part of his experimentation on the genre’s form. The outcome went far beyond the definition of a travel diary, as Marker’s narration and the miscellaneous images (from Mount Athos all the way to China) become the components of a tight montage that conjoins smaller stories for the sake of the bigger picture – an analysis of the social political and cultural contrasts that become evident in the eyes of the visitor, while joining the dots of our small planetary village.
Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Chris Marker
Cinematography: Chris Marker
Editing: Chris Marker
Sound: Antoine Bonfanti
Music: Lalan, Trio Barney Wilson
Production: Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Apec, Slon
Narration: Pierre Vaneck, Nicolas Yumatov, Catherine Le Couey
Format: Digital File
Color: B&W
Production Country: France, West Germany
Production Year: 1966
Duration: 49'
Contact: Iskra

Chris Marker


1952 Olympia 52
1958 Letter from Siberia
1961 ¡Cuba Sí!
1965 The Koumiko Mystery
1971 Cuba: Battle of the 10,000,000
1977 A Grin Without A Cat
1987 One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevitch
1990 Democracy, or City of Dreams 
1993 The Last Bolshevik
1997 Level Five