A shifting relationship between a lapsed Muslim filmmaker and a charismatic young Belgian man, who has converted to Islam in the post-industrial city of Aalst. This Catholic city – where the industry is in rapid decline and where migration and Islam is a highly charged subject – is shown in muted, washy images. Scenes are subtle repetitions, as if director Omar A. Chowdhury wishes to stress that film is a construct, capturing different layers within a story. What is fact and what is fiction in this story?

In his films, Chowdhury goes in search of histories and contexts that he believes have been lost. In this search, he often uses narrative structures that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. In this way, he reveals our unstable, uncertain relationship to the past – who we can trust and where art is supposed to stop.

Filmmaker
Omar A. Chowdhury
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
47’
Language
English
Producer
Omar A. Chowdhury
Production Company
Parallel Cinema
Sales
Parallel Cinema
Cinematography
Omar A. Chowdhury
Editor
Omar A. Chowdhury
Sound Design
Vincent Sinceretti, Jochen Jezussek
Cast
Stijn Ledegen, Omar A. Chowdhury