EN - Where were you on the Fifteenth February Day of the Year Three of the New Time? That Saturday, history happened. History happened and we forgot about it...

After Empire suggests an alternative for the iconic image that collective memory has kept as the quintessential moment of recent history: the hijacked plane hitting the second tower. For artist Herman Asselberghs and philosopher Dieter Lesage, this alternative to 9/11 would be: February 15, 2003. On that day, 30 million citizens across the planet marched against the unilateral decision by the American government to start a pre-emptive war against Iraq under the auspices of “the war on terror”. It was the greatest peace demonstration since the Vietnam war and probably the biggest protest march ever to take place. The war did happen, but this world day of resistance could very well mark the beginning of an empowering history of the 21st century: 2/15 instead of 9/11.

FR - Où étiez-vous le quinzième jour de février de la troisième année des Temps Nouveaux ? Ce samedi là, l’histoire se produisit. L’histoire se produisit, et nous l’avons oubliée…


Title After Empire
Original title After Empire
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Experimental
Year 2011


Photography Fairuz
Editing Fairuz

Technical specs

Running time film 52'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Desire Productions, Contour Mechelen, Z33, Sint Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design (K.U.Leuven Association), Department of Audiovisual and Performing Arts Rits (Erasmus University College Brussels), Parsons The New School for Design


Akademie der bildenden Künste Wenen (AT), Mar 7 – May 18, 2014 Museum M Leuven (BE), Mar 28, 2013 — 20:00 Museum M Leuven (BE), Feb 14 – May 12, 2013

Flemish Artists take over VIDEOEX

Disorient by Florence Aigner and Laurent Van Lancker received the Main Prize at VIDEOEX, the International Experimental Film & Video Festival in Zürich (21 – 29 May). Because We Are Visual by another helmers' duo, Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes, was given an Honourable Mention by the Jury.

Still from festival winner DisorientThe International Jury, consisting of Maria Palacios Cruz (BE), Seppo Renvall (FIN) en Georges Salameh (GR) decided to share the Main Prize between two ‘brave’ films which ‘experiment with storytelling and with the absence of images. Both films share a sense of internal rhythm and pacing, as well as a strong correspondence between the chosen formal strategies and the subject matter that is being dealt with.’ Because We Are Visual also received praise from the jury for its ‘fragile beauty, ‘highly complex editing’ and ‘the two young filmmakers’ ambition.’

Published on Wednesday 8 June 2011

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Short info

Director Herman Asselberghs
Producers Marie Logie
Writers Herman Asselberghs, Dieter Lesage

Auguste Orts
Marie Logie
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