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Un pays plus beau qu'avant

Directed by Hannes Verhoustraete, 2019

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Creative documentary, Belgium


UN PAYS PLUS BEAU QU’AVANT is a documentary film about a Congolese businessman in Brussels. The wanderings of Jean-Simon reveal a microcosm of informal commerce within the Congolese community. The everyday economic urgency of this “humble salesman” is tied to the political and humanitarian urgency that animates the diaspora faced with the situation in Congo today and the colonial history. The film orbits around these two imperatives, in a negotiation between here and elsewhere, the past and the present.

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Now available on VOD:
In Belgium with Dutch subtitles: Dalton.be
Worldwide with French and English subtitles: Avila Film
Worldwide with English subtitles: Vimeo




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Written and directed by Hannes Verhoustraete

Produced by Emmy Oost for Cassette for timescapes

Coproduced by L'atelier cinéma – GSARA

DOP Hannes Verhoustraete

Sound Engineers Lennert De Taeye, Ruben Desiere, Nina de Vroome, Liesbeth Beeckman

Editors Geoffroy Cernaix, Hannes Verhoustraete, Elias Grootaers

Sound design Valérie Le Docte

Mix Simon Jamart

Music Joe McPhee

With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), The Pascal Decroos Fund, KASK / School of Arts Ghent, Beursschouwburg, VGC


Millenium Festival (BE) - world premiere Belgian competition

Courtisane Festival (BE)

Almost Summer Festival (BE)

Love at First Sight Festival (BE)