Messidor, current and upcoming
16mm & HD video, color, 4:3, mono & stereo sound, BE, 2011, 29'
Cinematographer Sébastien Koeppel
Final sound editing & mixing Laszlo Umbreit
Sound assistance Christian Coppin at Atelier Graphoui
Production assistant & credits Fairuz
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund; STUK Leuven; Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussesl; The Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam and Atelier Graphoui.
Printed Matter follows twenty years of photographic news coverage in Israel/Palestine (1982-2002), through the archive of photojournalist André Brutmann. The photographer, Foighel Brutmann’s father, captured with his camera, both daily and major news events and his own family life; from the birth of his daughter and son, through the first and second Palestinian uprisings, the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin, and more. In Printed Matter his images are shown in a selection of about 80 contactsheets, together with the voice of his partner and colleague Hanne Foighel, who is going through the archive, reminiscing and remembering the events from her point of view – as a mother and as a journalist herself. The film, which is divided by three 16mm-reel-long chapters, tries to review two decades through multiple parallel “points of view”, portrayed simultaneously. The work questions the division between different labels such as “political” and “personal” and how images are read in favor of narratives, and visa versa.