International première at 42e Cinéma du Réel (International Selection) of "the wasp and the weather"

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the screenings of the international selection have been postponed and will be part of Cinémathèque du Documentaire at Centre Pompidou from Wednesday, June 3rd until Monday, June 29th 2020.

Meanwhile the festival continues online. The international selection can be seen respectively on 3 online platforms:
- 13-22/3 @ festival's video library for accredited guests (pm me for access)
- 20-27/3 @ (membership)

“the wasp and the weather” by Robin Vanbesien
2019, 19’, Belgium, France / timely, Contour 9 Biennale, Spectre Productions
Color / 5.1 / Dutch, Tamazight, Arabic, English and Farsi spoken / EN + FR st.

Exploring an archive of poetry written by youngsters at former youth centre Rzoezie (Tamazight for “wasp”, ‘78-‘06) in Mechelen (Belgium), the original authors and contemporary poets revisit, recite and discuss their selection of poems, probing their resonance in today’s social and political “weather”.

Program note by Olivia Cooper-Hadjian (Cinéma du Réel)
“In Mechelen, in Belgian Flanders, poems ring out. Contrary to an essentialist view of the literary text, Robin Vanbesien’s film has us hear the poems whilst showing us the context in which they originated. Their history, first of all: the poems were written in the Rzoezie centre, set up in 1978 by youngsters of Moroccan and Amazigh decent, in line with principles of Paulo Freire’s “pedagogy of the oppressed”. Then, their geographical context: a peaceful but indifferent landscape. The film recreates the militant nature of these poems: far from being fixed in their written form, they are embodied, recited by voices that stumble, introduce, comment on a text that someone has chosen and made their own. The act of writing is completed by the act of reading, which itself becomes a manifesto – so when a man hears himself reciting one of his texts, he bursts into laughter at the decidedly optimistic tone of his past writings. This intensifies the power of the poems, which give a powerful voice to the feeling of not belonging. As for the images, they trace the path of light to convey the relevance of the texts: the glow of a cloudy sky on a face, the shadow of a chair, the reflections of spotlights on the furniture in the Rzoezie centre, which has now been converted into a non-political institution, where we hear a passing police siren. A multilingual sound piece completes this architecture and recounts the continued sufferings and struggles of “non-Whites” in the West.”

with poems of the participants of Rzoezie youth centre, and with Fatma Alomrani, Abdelhay Ben Abdellah, Marcus Bergner, Muhned Bnana, Mathieu Charles, M’Hamed El Ouali, Hooman Jalidi, Samira Saleh and Mohammed Tawfiq
image and sound by Diren Agbaba, additional sound by Laszlo Umbreit, sound mix by Arno Ledoux, image and sound editing by Robin Vanbesien
commissioned by Contour 9 Biennale “Coltan as Cotton”, curated by Nataša Petresin-Bachelez
supported by Darna, BUDA, Arts in Society Award, ARIA, Amsab-ISG
film posters by Kaisa Lassinaro, based on “Twelve Words” score by The Post Collective.