Silent Elections

Sarah Vanagt

Documentary film, colour, French spoken, with English and Dutch subtitles, 40 min., 2009.
Silent Elections is a single-screen version of the installation Power Cut.

The power goes off and the screen goes black: one of those innumerable moments of darkness when the buried memories from decades of conflict suddenly resurface. In the streets of Goma, children play at being news correspondents: Congo is preparing for its first democratic elections since 1960. Using a variety of sources, Sarah Vanagt collects elements from personal stories in a region torn apart by hatred and violence. Images and sound recordings taken by the children of Goma, TV news-clips and young soldiers’ accounts serve as her visual and audio material. Silent Elections is a documentary film on the memory and imagination of young Congolese on the eve of potential political change in their country.

Credits
Concept & realisation: Sarah Vanagt
Camera: Nyabwinja Daniel, Kobito Patrick Tonton, Chamatari Dodo o.l.v. Petna Ndaliko Katondolo en Sekombi Katondolo
Editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Music: Hughes Marechal
Voices: Abdoul, Blaise

Produced by Balthasar vzw
in co-production with KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS, Desire Productions (Brussels), CEPV (Goma), Argos, KVS. Supported by : Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF)
Distribution: Argos Centre for Art & Media

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