Silent Elections

The power goes off and the screen goes black: one of those innumerable moments of darkness when the buried memories from decades of conflict suddenly resurface. In the streets of Goma, children play at being news correspondents: Congo is preparing for its first democratic elections since 1960. Using a variety of sources, Sarah Vanagt collects elements from personal stories in a region torn apart by hatred and violence. Images and sound recordings taken by the children of Goma, TV news-clips and young soldiers’ accounts serve as her visual and audio material. Silent Elections is a documentary film on the memory and imagination of young Congolese on the eve of potential political change in their country.

40 min./ 16:9 / 2009

French spoken, with English and French subtitles

Director: Sarah Vanagt

Camera in Congo: Nyabwinja Daniel, Kobito Patrick Tonton, Chamatari Dodo, with the support of CEPV (Centre d’Etudes et de Production Vidéographique), Goma, D.R.Congo

Artistic director CEPV: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

Editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe

Sound design: Pete Connelly

Scenography: Erwin De Muer

Silent Elections is a single-channel version of the video-installation Power Cut.

A production of Balthasar in co-production with the Centre d’Etudes et de Production Vidéographique (Goma), Argos Centre for Arts and Media vzw, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Desire Productions vzw, KVS.

With the support of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund.