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?
Atomos VII - Les Suppliantes - On n'arrive pas à la plage en cinq minutes - Daily Life
’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.
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.
Performing Liberation (Only) – 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. www.juliaclever.com