KKI Talks at JEF Festival
SHITFING THE GAZE
in cooperation with WANDA – Belgian collective of female film creatives & youth film organization JEF.
The webinar was held live, 2nd of March, 2:00-3:00 PM CET.
Learn more about KKI Talks at JEF Festival “Shifting the Gaze”:
The world is waiting for new types of stories.
But are we ready to deliver them?
Do we know what exactly is required, both on a narrative and technical level, to season our stories with more diverse protagonists and more original perspectives?
We would like to discuss what happened before, behind and beyond the creation process of new Belgian young audience documentaries with a diverse cast.
When aiming for an inclusive representation in film, how do we deal with technical limitations, realizing that when using a camera, it doesn’t record images without bias, without prejudice, and it certainly is not neutral.
The experience of Florinda Ciucio (“Goals”) and Annabel Verbeke (“Aikiddo”), combined with Rosine Mbakam’s personal story and the researchers’ point of view of An van. Dienderen (both directors of “Prism”) will give us a first insight into how we can shift the gaze.
Meet our moderator
Actress, presenter & filmmaker, Belgium
Aminata Demba is a Belgian-Malinese actress and presenter. In recent years she played in theatre performances DIS-MOI WIE IK BEN (KVS), MARIEKE MARIEKE (HZT), DE MOED OM TE DODEN (Toneelhuis), FUTUR SIMPLE (De Maan), KONIJN MET PRUIMEN (Laika), BLACK: THE SORROWS OF BELGIUM (NTGent) and RACE (Arsenaal/Lazarus). In addition to her existence as an actor, she also made the documentary PELIKAANSTRAAT 20 together with director Leslie Verbeeck. In the documentary she investigates the theme of migration from different angles. She can also be seen in various guest roles for television series.
Together with Laika she produced and played a youth theatre performance DE BINNENKAMER VAN BINTA that had its première in September 2020.
Aminata is also the founder of Represent Belgium. An initiative for inclusion and representation in the Belgian the audiovisual industry.
Meet our speakers
Film director, Belgium
Florinda Ciucio is a film director and audiovisual artist, graduated in 2018 with a Master’s degree in Audiovisual Arts from LUCA School of Arts Brussels. She makes documentaries and video installations. By working with images and sound, she likes to develop a universal language, in which approaching societal issues and challenges becomes a little less complicated. She’s currently finishing her first children’s documentary “Goals”, premiering in 2022.
Rosine Mbakam grew up in Cameroon. She joined INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion) in 2007.
Graduated in 2012, she directed her first short fiction film “You will be my ally”. She founded Tândor Productions in 2014 with Geoffroy Cernaix. By producing her films, she seeks to defend the singularity of her vision. In the following years, she directed three full-length documentaries “The two faces of a bamileke woman”, “Chez jolie coiffure”, “Delphine’s prayers”.
In order to develop cinema in her country Cameroon, she founded the production company Tândor Films in 2018 and initiated Caravane Cinéma, which ensures the distribution of African films in the working class neighborhoods of major cities in Cameroon through open-air screenings.
In 2021, she worked in collaboration with An Van Diederen and Eléonore Yameogo on a feature-length documentary “Prism” on the subject of filming black skin. Currently, she is preparing the shooting of her second short fiction film “Pierrette”.
She divides her time between her production structure (Tândor Productions in Belgium and Tândor Films in Cameroon) where she works on several projects and teaching at the KASK in Ghent (Belgium).
An van. Dienderen, PhD
Filmmaker and professor at the film department of KASK School of Arts Ghent, Belgium
Filmmaker An van. Dienderen works at the intersection between documentary, anthropology and visual arts.
She graduated in audiovisual arts (Sint-Lukas, Brussels), obtained a PhD in Comparative Cultural Sciences (Ghent University), and was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley with Trinh Minh-ha. She made several documentaries screened worldwide, awarded with (inter)national prizes, including “Visitors of the Night” (’98), “Site” (’00), “Tu ne verras pas Verapaz” (’02), “The Ephemerist” (’05) “Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders – Made in Japan” (’08), “Cherry Blossoms” (’12), “Letter Home” (’15), “Lili” (’15), “Prism” (’21) and “Kastom” (forthcoming).
Her work has been shown on the New York film festival, FID Marseille, DocFest Sheffield, Videonale Bonn, International Filmfestival Rotterdam, BFI festival London, 25 FPS Festival Zagreb, Yerba Buena Center San Fransisco, SCCA Center for Contemporary Art Ljublijana, Contemporary Art Biennale Talinn, Contour 7, , International Short film Festival Oberhausen, FIDOCS Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago, etc and is represented by Argos, Brussels; Women make Movies, NY and Icarusfilms, NY.
She regularly publishes on documentary & visual/performative anthropology and she is a professor and artistic researcher at the KASK School of Arts Ghent.
Film and TV-director, Belgium
In 2010, Annabel graduated magna cum laude at RITCS Film School in Brussels. Her filmography includes: “Les Enfants De La Mer/Mère – Children Of The Sea” (8 international awards, selected by more than 20 IFF), “We Will Remember Them” (closing film of Visions Du Réel 2018 and the best watched documentary film on Flanders national broadcasters in the same year), “Four Seasons In A Day” (part of the Borderline collection, world premiere in the International Spectrum Competition at Hot Docs 2021, award for best emerging international filmmaker).
In 2022 “T(w)o Work”, will be released, a documentary series in collaboration with both national Belgian broadcasters VRT-Canvas and RTBF, with the support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Project follows in the footsteps of newcomers in Belgium and their long-term struggle to find a proper job in the country they want to call home from now. Annabel is co-directing the project with 6 non-European directors.
Learn more about our partners:
JEF loves youth film. JEF brings quirky, high-quality youth films to cinemas and schools, and into people’s homes in the city of Antwerp and all across Flanders. But JEF is more than just film. JEF is a festival. JEF is for and by young people, encouraging them to participate in workshops, to make their own films and to experiment with new media formats. JEF is the youth film contact for everyone involved in youth, film and new media, at school or in leisure time. And JEF stimulates directors and actors to strive for a broader and better Flemish youth film production.
WANDA - Belgian collective of female film creatives
WANDA is an independent action group of female directors ranging from public films to arthouse cinema, from creative documentaries to animated films, from experimental work to series. It unites women in the fight against institutional inequality within the Flemish and Brussels audiovisual sector. As female directors, we do not only look at discrimination based on gender, but we endorse the need for anti-racist feminism. WANDA investigates inequality based on intersectional thinking.