Elevage de poussière / Dust Breeding

What is the value of images as objective testimonies of a conflict? In her new work, Sarah Vanagt turns her attention to an important chapter in recent European history: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Élevage de poussière / Dust Breeding draws its source material from the accounts of expert witnesses, as well as from the multitude of documents (photos and videos) derived from the still ongoing trial of Radovan Karadzic. In parallel, the filmmaker carries out a series of pencil rubbings inside the tribunal’s courtroom: the movement of her hand and the imprints that are revealed by the pencil onto the paper, show us a landscape of details that were previously imperceptible. This exploration questions the facts, the material proofs of these facts, the images representing those facts, as well as the interpretation of those very images.

47' / video / 16:9 / 2013

English spoken, with English, French and Dutch subtitles

Editing: Effi Weiss

Sound editing: Maxime Coton

Sound mix: Rémy Gérard

End credits: Amir Borenstein

Colour correction: Miléna Trivier

Additional sound recording: Justin Bennett

Translations and subtitles: Bob Vandenbroele

Producer: Sarah Vanagt (Balthasar)

Co-producer: Cyril Bibas (CVB)

Postproduction manager: Amir Borenstein

Technical assistance: Bram Walraet

Production assistant: Olivier Burlet (CVB)

Supported by

Flanders Audiovisual Fund - VAF

Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie - VGC


Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles (CVB) - Michel Steyeart

Argos, Centre for art and media, Brussels

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels

Het Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren, Brussels

Wiels, Brussels