EMPIRE: MIGRANTS (22', The Netherlands, 2012)

Screening: Fr, 13 Dec., Elvira Popescu Cinema, 8:00pm


Part of a larger cross-media research project in progress, EMPIRE: MIGRANTS is an experimental documentary that explores, through a multi-split screen, the controversial historical time frame of colonialism and slave trade, which have influenced the present lives of some communities from Ghana, Suriname and Brazil. A nuanced visual essay on the relation between ethnicity, uprooting and relocating, that brings together contradictory perspectives on the effects of Dutch colonialism. Positively reviewed by magazines such as Variety or VICE, the film is a provocative mix of documentary, visual art and journalism. (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2013)

Director: ELINE JONGSMA & KEL O’NEILL

With the support of:

   

 

Screenplay: Eline Jongsma, Kel O’Neill

Cinematography: Eline Jongsma, Kel O’Neill

Editing: Eline Jongsma, Kel O’Neill

Sound: Quentin Chiappetta

Producer: Eline Jongsma

Production: Eline Jongsma, Kel O’Neill


Premiere: ROMANIAN PREMIERE


World Sales

ELINE JONGSMA, KEL O'NEILL

www.keloneill.com

elinejongsma[at]gmail[dot]com, keloneill[at]gmail[dot]com

 

ELINE JONGSMA (b. 1989, The Netherlands) & KEL O’NEILL (b. 1979, USA) work as a collaborative duo since 2006, focusing on cross-platform storytelling. Eline trained as a photographer and Kel trained in religious studies and classical acting. Before creating Empire, they were the US Correspondents for VPRO Television’s Prix Europa-winning documentary series Metropolis. Their videos and installations have been presented by museums, galleries and festivals throughout the world, including: Los Angeles Film Festival, IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam or the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. They are currently developing EMPIRE (59’) for the online space. Filmography: The Transformation of Genesis P-Orridge (documentary short, 2009), Beg, Borrow, Steal (short, 2008).

 

WEBSITE / CONTACT

IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – Paradocs 2012

New York Film Festival 2013

 

DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT:

“We started making EMPIRE because we wanted to explore how events and decisions from the past continue to reverberate into the present. We chose what we thought was a small target area for our research – Dutch corporate-colonialism – and went from there. Over time, it has become a case study of the long-term, human-scaled impact of global capitalism and a catalogue of intangible cultural heritage.” (ELINE JONGSMA & KEL O’NEILL)

 

CURATOR’S COMMENT: 

“Shot in ten countries over four years by the Dutch-American filmmaking team ELINE JONGSMA & KEL O’NEILL, EMPIRE employs a broad range of storytelling techniques—including nonfiction filmmaking, multi-channel video projection, and experience design – to unearth the contemporary aftershocks of the world’s first brush with global capitalism. By turns epic and intimate in its approach, the film explores the ways in which the conditions of past continue to define our lives in the present.” (Hal Siegel)

 

“Hovering around 10 minutes apiece, the uninflected loops don't need to press the points of the complex human narratives they unearth, each of which short-circuits one's usual conceptions of a history long laid to rest. These deceptively calm sketches are micro-portraits of hate, hope, and everything in between.” (Film Comment Magazine)


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REVIEWS: IDFA / INDIEWIRE


DIRECTORS' PROFILE / INTERVIEWS: PBS / VICE