Recapitulation, an autobiographic essay-documentary.
The film is an examination of personal thoughts and feelings of the author, during everyday life in rhythm with nature. Origin and main site of the film is a remote circus caravan in the midst of the wide meadow landscape on the verge of Belgium. The project aims for the authors desire for self-contemplation and understanding. In search for a form of spirituality, for an immediate relationship to surroundings (light, wind, birds, seasons…), for memories of a family’s story, for the presence of the past and for ties to present time.
On April 26 of 1986, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plants Reactor No. 4 exploded after tests were improperly carried out and the operators lost control. The burning graphite cloud initially traveled in a northwest direction toward Sweden, Finland, and Eastern Europe, exposing the public to levels up to 100 times the normal background radiation. In Gomel, a city in Belarus located 140 km away from the source of radiation life continues despite the radioactive threat. This is the background for a meeting of two friends who did not see each other for more than twenty-five years. arkadizaides.com
Throughout the 1930s, Mabel Dove-Danquah wrote columns for female readers in newspapers across pre-independent West Africa under a range of pseudonyms: Marjorie Mensah in The Times of West Africa, Dama Dumas in the African Morning Post, Ebun Alakija in the Nigerian Daily Times and Akosua Dzatsui in the Accra Evening News.
From the present-day Berlin, Debbie (or Nnenna) discovers this work, and grapples with what has and has not changed in the time since Mabel (or Marjorie) published her work.
In this epistolary essay film, nearly a century apart, the two dialogue on what it means to be young, black, and female both at home and abroad.
(searching for stories, searching for trouble)
Can we speak up and enact a non-colonial, polyvocal take on a story?
In which ways does it resonate in contemporary times?
Sasé Istwé is a discursive platform which dialogues with “L’affaire des Insurges de Cayenne” (1931), a historical event that included the radicalization of the Guyanese people, an uprising, a long trial and finally the acquittal of the defendants. This project will be searching for micro-stories, silenced behind the dominant narratives by using the reactivation of the trial’s archives in a creative dialogue with people of the Guyanese diaspora in Europe and in French Guiana.
De pères en fille
Three generations of filmmakers: my grandfather, my father and me. For more than 70 years, the three of us have continuously filmed the intimacy of our family lives. Like an archeologist, I will now dive into our family footage, attempting to shed light on our relationship with the camera, now and then.
Atlas, a story of memory
A woman remembers liberation from the exile camps after the Greek civil war, her voyage to the Belgian Congo and her struggle to find coherence in these two opposing realities. Survivors sing after their rescue on the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to reach Europe by boat. They celebrate life, recall their perilous journeys and lost homes. What is the link? Is there a common connection between us? Is there a common history? Atlas, a story of memory – is a visual testimony based on a reflective position upon our relationship to history and to each other.
Hakaza Takoun al Hayat
(how life should be)
My personal essay deals with an out of the ordinary situation that became a life reality despite the contradictions that our societies conditions us with.
By tracing the memories of my childhood through my father’s home videos in post war Lebanon, and documenting the life of my two years old son who has an Israeli father, I want to ask new questions and maybe unlock some hidden answers.
Diabetes Film Diary
"Life is short, disgusting and painful." This is how Aretaeus of Cappadocia concludes the first clinical analysis of diabetes, but his description seems fairly universal to me (with or without diabetes). This film emerges from an aporia: contradicting feelings of joy at the imminence of a possible cure and a fear of loss, almost nostalgia, within me. I’ve been living with this disease since the age of twelve; it has accompanied me through adolescence and into adulthood. What part of me will be eradicated with my diabetes? Using my camera to mark the omnipresence of pain in my everyday life, and using my body as a screen for my suffering, I hope to give my diabetes a tangible form.
Rina is 82. With her friends, she shares the same past: emigration and the loss of their husbands. A microcosm betwixt never-ending narrations of the past, vegetable gardens, lost husbands and visits to the cemetery: the widows. Among - ow ! - coal, yelling and Chinese restaurants, they reject the Grim Reaper. Mouthes devouring, ears dangling, crooked, hurt bodies, glass eye… From their bodies marked by time : history. Rina is my mother. And spinning around us, the ghost of my father.
In the village where I grew up, in springtime people gather every early sundaymorning to play a finchgame. A street is being cut off from its daily rhythm to be filled with finches in their cages. During one hour the voices of the inhabitants are silencing just to listen to the songs of the birds and count them. Lately the finchgames seem to be disappearing out of the weekly village rituals. Older generations are trying to pass their passion to younger generations but it seems like the finchgames don’t fit into rhythm of the villages anymore and that their last days are counted.
Even the Hills (working title)
Even the Hills is a film project which aims to weave together small instances, minute and forgettable markers of time, following a transitional moment between a daughter and her father.
While tracing the complexities of their intimate relationship, the film will use more abstract references to geography and history to represent impressions of loss, the past and memory. wablaf.org/film/
Liberty: an ephemeral statue (working title)
Liberty is an experimental documentary reflecting on post-68 desires for emancipation, education, and emigration. Revolving around a personal account of a search for liberation set in the US during the early 70s, the themes of changing socio-political climates, emancipation of young women, family communication, interconnectedness and the constant conflict between connection and disconnection overlap three generations of women–grandmother, mother and daughter. elephy.org