EN - From the Ranks to Field Marshal is a World War I game of obstacles and rewards. In this Union of South Africa, recruitment is micro-managed. Home is denied by the Land Act. Weapons are replaced by tools of labour. Accommodation is controlled within a system of closed compounds. Recruits board ships for France to the sound of S.E.K Mqhayi’s sarcasm-laden poem The Dark Army: “Oh yes, of course we’re grateful, when our mother country spares us a thought and sets us to work in the harbours when it finds itself in trouble.”


Title Boardgame, or From the Ranks to Field Marshal
Original title Boardgame, or From the Ranks to Field Marshal
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Animation
Genre Essay, historical
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2017-09-07


Photography Jean Delbeke
Editing Jean Delbeke
Sound Yannick Franck
Art director Wendy Morris
Music Yannick Franck

Technical specs

Running time film 8'
Release format .MOV
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour and black-white
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), GoneWest


2018: International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL); Eurovideo (BE)

2017: Solo exhibition This, of course, is a work of the imagination - Mu.Zee Ostend (BE)

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Director Wendy Morris
Producers Jean Delbeke
Writers Wendy Morris

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