FRI 12.11: Film and Talk with Sarah Vanagt

Shedhalle / Events / November 2010 / Friday November 12, 7pm – 9pm

Sarah Vanagt: “Begin Began Begun”, 2006 (Videostill)

Sarah Vanagt: “Begin Began Begun”, 2006 (Videostill)

Event Program “Cross-fades. Reconstructing the Future”

Film and Talk with Sarah Vanagt
Friday 12 November 2010, 7pm – 9pm, free entry
At 6 pm there will be a guided tour with the curators Anke Hoffmann and Yvonne Volkart
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The artists and film maker Sarah Vanagt (Brussels) is a (his)story-teller. In her films, such as After Years Of Walking, First Elections or Little Figures, Sarah Vanagt deals with the traumatic colonial history of Belgium in Central Africa, and especially with the re-definition of national history in Ruanda after the genozid in reflection of childrens play and imagination. Sarah Vanagt will show and comment one of her films which document the present in Ruanda, Begin Began Begun, as well as her newest film, also an experimental documentary, that recalls the history of the street Boulevard d'Ypres /Ieperlaan with the history of its contemporary inhabitants and their stories. (Screening approx. 100 min)

Sarah Vanagt (geb. 1976, lives in Brussels) studied history in Antwerp, Brighton and Groningen, and film at the National Film and Television School, London. She makes documentaries, video installations and photos. She took part in solo and group exhibitions all over Europe since 2005, and received several awards for her film and video work.


Begin Began Begun (2003): April in Rwanda; the month of mourning in the new Rwandan calendar. While the country is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the genocide, children play games. Filmmaker Sarah Vanagt spent the easter holiday in a “children's republic”, governed by genocide orphans and refugee children growing up in the war-torn border zone between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Boulevard d'Ypres / Ieperlaan (2010): The Boulevard d'Ypres in Brussels, with its large and colourful Mediterranean stores, offers glimpses of the Tales of One Thousand and One Nights. Urban development is now driving out these shops selling couscous, dates and olives. It is this turning point in the history of her own street that Vanagt uses as a starting point for a “microhistorical experiment”.