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Un pays plus beau qu'avant

Directed by Hannes Verhoustraete, 2019

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Creative documentary, Belgium

Synopsis

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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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

Selections

Millenium Festival (BE) - world premiere Belgian competition

Courtisane Festival (BE)