EN - Silent Stories is a poetic portrait of two men and two women whose sexual identity forced them to leave Dakar, Algiers, Conakry and Baghdad respectively. This is not just a film about pain and sorrow but instead one that is filled with hope and optimism.

FR - Silent Stories est un portrait poétique de deux hommes et deux femmes dont l’identité sexuelle les a forcés à quitter Dakar, Algiers, Conakry et Baghdad. Il ne s’agit pas d’un film sur la douleur et la tristesse, mais bien d’un film apportant de l’espoir et de l’oxygène et qui explore les territoires inconnus de demain.


Title Silent Stories
Original title Silent Stories
Original language French, Arabic
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2010


Photography Johan Legraie
Editing Antoine Vermeesch
Music Karim Baggili

Technical specs

Running time film 52'
Release format HD-CAM
Aspect ratio 1:1.66
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du cinéma, VRT - Canvas, Fonds Pascal Decroos


2012: Festival Vues d'Afrique (CA), Out Takes Festival (NZ), Frameline (USA), Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival (PG)

2011: Festival El lugar Sin Limites (EC), Holebifilmfestival (BE)


2012: Best Documentary - Festival El lugar Sin Limites (EC)

2011: Human Rights Award - Festival Vues d'Afrique (CA)

Six documentaries about contemporary taboos

A collection of six documentaries about ‘contemporary taboos’ will air on Belgian TV channel Canvas from 8 March. The six are the result of a collaboration between Flemish pubcaster VRT and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). They deal with subjects such as obesity, giving away a child for adoption, and families who have to deal with a suicide.

Still from 'Through Thick And Thin'The series is the result of a competition that was launched in 2009 when VRT and VAF announced that they were looking for creative documentaries that dealt with what the makers considered to be contemporary taboos. Each of the docs had to be able to lead to public debate about their respective subjects.

Published on Friday 11 February 2011

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Producers Frank Van Passel
Writers Hanne Phlypo, Catherine Vuylsteke

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