EN - As a politically engaged film school student, Ike Bertels saw a BBC documentary about Mozambique’s liberation movement FRELIMO. She was touched by the image of three guerrilla girls her age cleaning their rifles and risking their lives in a 10-year liberation struggle against the Portuguese colonists. She tracked them down and filmed them, first in 1984 and again in 1994, gaining their trust and becoming an ‘outsider insider’ in Monica, Amelia and Maria’s world.

FR – Ike Bertels, une jeune femme politiquement engagée étudiant dans une école de cinéma a vu un documentaire sur le FRELIMO, le mouvement de libération du Mozambique.  Elle a été touchée par les images de trois jeunes femmes de la guérilla, leur âge, assises sur l’herbe et nettoyant leur fusil. Elles risquaient leur vie dans un combat de libération contre le Portugal, pays colonisateur, qui a duré dix ans. Ces images l’ont poursuivie : Qui étaient ces femmes ? Qu’est-ce qui les avaient poussées à quitter leur famille ? Que sont-elles devenues ?

La réalisatrice est partie à la recherche de Monica, Amelia et Maria, et les a filmées. Une première fois en 1984, dix ans après l’indépendance du pays, et une seconde fois en 1994. Elle a gagné leur confiance,  est devenue leur amie à qui elles ont raconté les événements importants de leur vie. Elle est devenue l’étrangère à l’intérieur du monde de Monica, Amélia et Maria, toujours en gardant en tête la question de ce que sont devenus les idéaux de la révolution. Aidaient-elles réellement à la construction de la nouvelle société du Mozambique ?

Trente ans après leur première rencontre, Bretels leur rend à nouveau visite. Aujourd’hui, les trois grand-mères de la guérilla se battent avec les générations suivantes, essayant de comprendre comment vivre dans un monde globalisé.

Info

Title Guerrilla Grannies - How To Live In This World
Original title Guerrilla Grannies - How To Live In This World
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-09-30

Credits

Cast Amelia, Monica, Maria
Photography Joao Ribeira
Sound Armanda Carvalho

Technical specs

Running time film 80'
Release format DCP
Colour Colour / black & white
Available in 2D, 3D

Partners

Main producer Rolf Orthel
Main production company DNU Film

Festivals

2012: IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL)

IDFA: Dutch-Flemish gathering to pitch region

Documentary producers from the Dutch-speaking part of Benelux – The Netherlands and Flanders – will be teaming up this Wednesday to pitch the region as an attractive co-production partner. The event marks the first joint outing for the two producers’ associations, DPN (Documentary Producers Netherlands) and Flanders Doc. Among other things, the presentation, which is part of the IDFA Forum, will look at funding opportunities available in both The Netherlands and Flanders.

Still from willemiek Kluijfhout's Mussels in LoveThis year’s IDFA features a number of co-productions with minority Flemish input: The Gatekeepers by Dror Moreh (co-prod: Anna Van der Wee for Wild Heart Productions) in Feature-length Documentaries competition; Mussels In Love by Willemiek Kluijfhout (pictured left) (co-prod: Bram Crols and Mark Daems for Associate Directors); Anton Corbijn Inside Out by Klaartje Quirijns (co-prod: Savage Film); Guerilla Grannies – How To Live In This World by Ike Bertels (co-prod: Ellen De Waele for Serendipity Films); and The Only Son by Simonka de Jong (co-prod: Eric Goossens for Off World).

Published on Monday 19 November 2012

IDFA: Flanders docs out in full force

Five documentaries as well as two projects from Flanders have been selected for this year’s 25th IDFA. The five docs are Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers –The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants by Kristof Bilsen – are also selected for the IDFA Forum.

Fabio Wuytack's ExpectingRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition and follows a ballet production from initial auditions right up to opening night. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film. In Expecting (pictured left), which is selected for the IDFA Panorama, director Fabio Wuytack portrays an Afghan-Kosovan refugee couple as they struggle through their daily lives. The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé and produced by Visualantics is part of the Music Documentary competition and explores the rich, untold story of Belgian dance music.

Published on Friday 16 November 2012

Flanders docs bonanza at 25th IDFA

Five documentaries from Flanders as well as five co-productions are selected for this year's 25th edition of IDFA (14-25 November). The five are: Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers, The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants (working title) by Kristof Bilsen, can also be found in the IDFA.

Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes's docu RainRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition for first documentaries. On 25 May 2011, the world-renowned Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris presented Rain, in its first ever performance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film.

Published on Tuesday 16 October 2012

VAF goes for young talent

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) approved funding for 15 projects, of which 12 feature films, two feature-length documentaries and one animated short. The list includes a number of debut features supported by experienced production companies such as a.o. Minds Meet, Savage Films and Caviar.

Four projects received script support in this round: Lampedusa, Senne Dehandschutter’s feature debut, is the gripping story of a journalist travelling from Libya to Europe with a group of African refugees. Dehandschutter already received good press for his graduation short, FertilizeTack is the new feature project by Erik Lamens (S&M Judge) about the life of Sylvain Tack and his 70s pirate radio station Mi Amigo. Peter Krüger, who recently grabbed the Grand Prize at FIFA in Montreal with his doc Antwerp Central, received support forContinental Drift. Finally, Alex Stockman (Pulsar) can start working on his new feature, Electric Blue.

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011

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Short info

Director Ike Bertels
Producers Ellen De Waele
Writers Ike Bertels
Contact

Serendipity Films
Ellen De Waele
Huigeveldstraat 37
9550 Sint-Antelinks
Belgium
T +32 499 46 36 95
ellen@serendipityfilms.be
www.serendipityfilms.be

Website guerrillagrannies.com
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