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.
|Original version||French spoken, seperate subtitles versions in Dutch, English, French|
|Year of production||2009|
|Photography||Chamatari Dodo, Nyabwinja Daniel, Kobito Tonton|
|Editing||Inneke Van Waeyenberghe|
|Running time film||40'|
|Release format||Beta Digit|
|Supported by||VAF, argos, KVS, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Desire Productions, Centre d'Etudes et de Production Vidéographique (Goma, D.R. Congo)|
2010: Museum Het Domein (NLD) / Centre Pompidou (FRA) / Neue Galerie fur Bildende Kunst (DEU)
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Last edited on 21 January 2013