EN - Printed Matter displays the conflation of private lives and contemporary geopolitics. The evidence comes from director Sirah Foighel Brutmann's father, André, who was - up to his untimely death in 2002 - a freelance press photographer covering two decades of Middle East news for local newspapers as well as for European print media. Printed Matter simply shows an exquisite selection of contact sheets including memorable events such as the First and Second Intifada, the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin and the birth of Sirah Foighel Brutmann.


Title Printed Matter
Original title Printed Matter
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Experimental
Year 2011


Photography Sébastien Koeppel
Editing Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat

Technical specs

Running time film 29'
Release format 16mm
Aspect ratio 4:3
Sound format Laszlo Umbreit
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), STUK Leuven, Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel, The Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, Atelier Graphoui

Flemish video artists in the spotlight at Art Cologne

This year, Germany’s international art fair Art Cologne (16-19 April) shines a light on film and video work from Flanders and Brussels. Under the title ‘Flanders Moving Image’, work by artists such as Nicolas Provost, Johan Grimonprez and Dora García will be presented.

the_invader_01_trailerThe curators are Professor Philippe Pirotte, rector of the University of Visual Arts, and Fabian Schöneich, curator at the Portikus exposition space in Frankfurt am Main; they offer a focused look into the artistic production of Belgium without emphasising a specific generation or theme.

Published on Monday 30 March 2015

Flanders duo shines at Courtisane Festival

Isabelle Tollenaere's latest documentary Viva Paradis and Printed Matter, directed by Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, are screening at this year's Courtisane Festival (21-25 March). Showcasing film, video and media art, the Ghent-based festival Courtisane presents a kaleidoscopic mosaic of styles, media, gestures and emotions. With Still Life (2008) and Trickland (2010) Tollenaere already landed two awards at previous editions of the festival.

Viva Paradis_stillTollenaere's latest project Viva Paradis captures a moment in a land in the midst of transformation. Focusing on the moment after the journalists have left and the overflow of media images has stopped, the documentary portrays the emptiness after last year's Tunisian revolution.

Published on Wednesday 21 March 2012

IDFA presents Flemish doc bonanza

A record-breaking haul of eleven documentaries and four docu projects from Flanders have been selected  for this year’s IDFA, the international Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (16-27 November). Works from Jeremy De Ryckere and Kristof Bilsen, who recently graduated from RITS and NFTS (UK) respectively,  are shown in the Student Documentary competition. The other entries feature in the Reflecting Images: Panorama, Paradocs section and IDFA pitching Forum.

Still from Jeremy De Ryckere's The HeirBoth Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir and Kristof Bilsen’s White Elephant compete for the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary, worth €2,500. The Heir tells the story of a father, Raf, and a son, Dominique, and their relationship to their passion: horse racing, a long family tradition. White Elephant is a documentary about the Central Post Office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo. This grandiose relic of a colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp from which they are planning their escape. Last year the Award for Best Student Documentary went to the Flemish doc What’s in a Name by Eva Küpper.

Published on Thursday 27 October 2011

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Director Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Eitan Efrat
Producers Marie Logie
Writers Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Eitan Efrat

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