SAINTS’GAME – The epicenter of this documentary film project is a short play revolving around Christian saints gestures and stories, which I have written. A group of amateur actors will work on this play, individually in their own space, and then together in a theatre space. This film project deals with the collective memory of the representation of the ruins of our archetypal images and social gestures: where are we at with our images?
Cold Fronts or Winter Wonderland? (Animated Documentary) – Documentary animation set in a virtual concentration camp. It follows a German prosecutor, Israeli gamer, Russian new-ager and Polish historian as breathe new life into historical scenarios. The animated interviewees grapple with questions about the ability to experience memory in the virtual world and its benefit to humanity.
’kijken is raden - Usman’ – A documentary about pigeons (sports) in Belgium. Some pigeons mean peace to us, some pigeons are rats. Some of them sell for huge amounts of money. What is most appealing to me is that they always know their way home, and in this same home lives a man who didn't get to see his own mother for five years. I follow Usman, a man originally from Pakistan, who leads a life in Gent as a night shop owner, poet and chess champion.
The Invasion of Nomads (working title)– A video collage, making use of varied materials – archive material, found footage, home-video as well as newly produced fictional material – will explore the notions of travel, migration, and invasion and their aesthetic and narrative elements, as they figure in phenomena – varying from the purely imaginary to the more acute – such as nomadic bandit gangs, the flight from one’s nation, journeys in search of enlightenment and vacations in search of temporary refuge.
GYUTO - To hear the sound of the ocean in the Himalayas… This unlikely wish takes a film director and her three girls to Gyuto, where a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, perched high, echoes day and night the sound of sacred tantric chants of meditation, « hich sound like the waves of the ocean ».
Film website : http://www.gyuto-movie.com
Mapping Corman – At each of the crucial moments in the 20th century the maverick bookseller Mathieu Corman (1901-1975) sat in the front row, risking his life by participation in resistance, roaming around in his van behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ as an immersion writer and chroniqueur, in his pursuit to defend his beliefs, his ‘foi’. But the persona, Corman, is much more complicated and multi-layered than the one portrayed by political rhetoric or biased towards our own beliefs and opinions. Hence reshaping Corman is an invitation to view the world from different perspectives, with the aim of understanding the mechanisms, the utility, the social importance and the potential of activism today.
Possessed (working title) – What can possessions evoke in terms of inequality? Taking some stuff from my family’s colonial past in Indonesia as a starting point I’ll explore various perspectives in time, space and location. The result can be an installation and/or essay film. Regardless of its form, the work is meant to offer multiple shifting positions, generating unpredictable views and experiences.
Nihil Mortui – While researching her grandfather's formative years as a German soldier in WWII, Julia Clever filmed participants of Belgian „Living History“ re-enactment events and interviewed them about their role in German or American uniform. This project investigates a range of personal trajectories (re-)constructing and embodying war memories, while opening up perspectives onto the underlaying identity politics of filmmaker, participants and visitors. (https://www.derives.be)
Chicken Scribbles and the Dove that Looks like a Frog (Video performances) – Through her recent works in collage and performance, Samah Hijawi will develop a series of video-collages that explore aesthetics in paintings produced as a response to different political events in Palestine. Using artworks as a starting point, each video-collage appropriates images and narratives, to explore their aesthetics as embodiments of trauma, and question their performativity as acts of resistance.
Dialogues on Tibet, a threading project – Things happen in our life for a reason, or rather to say, we should reason with them. That’s what I’m trying to do in this project, to thread things that can’t be shrugged away for my past several years living in and out of China: A Tibetan’s autobiography of the 20th century, from a library in university of Missouri, USA; A refugee Tibetan couple, cleansing late night at a Chinese restaurant in Antwerp, Belgium; A conversion with a young Tibetan film director and poet at the only Chinese independent film festival, Nanjing. Departing from these encounters, I try to search and touch this obscure powerful behemoth, which is built upon collective illusions, constructions and censorship, to reveal the quotidian struggle, strength and yet the shadowing self-censorship.