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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.
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)