State violence, war, institutionalised brutality, systematic torture. Humans are capable of the unspeakable. How can horrific events be made palpable in film, even accepting the fact that their mere visual reproduction can never approach the reality, and always carries the risk of oversimplification? To get inside this complex dynamic, the filmmakers represented here cast aside any expectation of capturing incontrovertible truth, setting out instead in search of subjective reality, perceived truth and the individual processing of trauma.
Triggerwarning: torture, explicit depiction or mention of physical, emotional or sexual violence, war
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Pavel Mozhar // Germany, Belarus // 2021 // 26:00 min
An experimental arrangement, rendered on film, taking the form of a manual, which employs re-enactment (based on eyewitness accounts) in a striking manner to render palpable the machinations of Lukashenko's perfidious system of repression and power.
Lotfi Achour // Tunisia, France // 2021 // 13:13 min
Animation, Documentary, Experimental
Under Ben Ali's dictatorial rule, a man is kidnapped, tortured and killed, his body vanishing without a trace. Thirty years later, his mother seeks answers regarding the location of his remains.
Eliane Esther Bots // Netherlands // 2021 // 22:15 min
The stories of three interpreters involved in the International Criminal Court's work focussing on former Yugoslavia. Day in and day out, they translate the shocking statements of witnesses, victims and perpetrators.
Antoine Chapon // France // 2020 // 18:40 min
A developer of digital training tools for the military once designed video game scenarios intended to prepare soldiers for culture shock and heal trauma, until he himself went to war, radically altering his relationship to games and life in general.