A Sea Change, a documentary feature debut by Nina de Vroome, is set to receive its world premiere at the Visions du Réel International Documentary Film Festival, which takes place from 15-23 April in Nyon, Switzerland. The programme also includes Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened, as well as two student films - Mainland and Whisper - and two projects realised within the framework of DocNomads, a joint masters programme with Flanders. Finally, the classic documentary Sarah says… Leïla says… by Frans Buyens will get a special screening at the Festival.

A Sea ChangeA Sea Change directed by Nina de Vroome will get its world premiere in Nyon where it has been selected for the Regard Neuf programme. The documentary looks at the IBIS maritime boarding school in Ostend, and offers a reflection on the decline of the fishing industry. Sieber Marly and Lotte Van Craeynest produced the documentary for Sieber.

Mainland, a short documentary by Ischa Clissen (RITCS), and Whisper, a documentary by Margaux Dauby (LUCA), will receive their world premieres in the Premiers Pas section of the Festival. Mainland follows 12-year-old Colin Macleod and an elderly shepherd on the isolated island they both call home, while Whisper explores the in-between space in which three Afghan children mix Pashto culture and French language in their games.

The hybrid film debut of Pieter-Jan De Pue, The Land of the Enlightened, will have its Swiss premiere in the Grand Angle programme. The feature had its world premiere at Sundance where De Pue (who also shot the film) took home a prize for Best Cinematography. It also screened at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

The Land of the Enlightened tells the story of a group of Kuchi children who wage their own mini-wars in the daily madness of life in Afghanistan. The film is produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (The Ardennes, Bullhead).

The Premiers Pas section also includes Pulse by Robin Petré. The project was realised within the framework of DocNomads, a joint masters programme of which Brussels-based film school LUCA is one of the three partner organisations. Aleksandr Vinogradov’s short film Call Me Chaos will have its premiere in the competition for mid-length features.

Finally, Visions du Réel offers a special screening of Frans Buyens’s 1983 classic Sarah says… Leïla says…, about the experience of two women who were imprisoned as children in concentration camps. Every year, Visions du Réel hands out the Buyens-Chagoll Award, named after Belgian film and documentary makers Frans Buyens and Lydia Chagoll. The award traditionally goes to a project with a strong humanist dimension.

The Land of the Enlightened and A Sea Change received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Wednesday 30 March 2016

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