Belgian Premiere: Thursday, October 11th at 8pm – Vooruit/Almost Cinema, Ghent
A panel discussion (in English) will follow the screening. Moderated by Sven Tuytens, VRT-correspondent in Madrid, the participants will include historian Lore Colaert, Emilio Silva (founder of the Association for the Recovery of Historical memory), archaeologist René Pacheco, and filmmaker Sarah Vanagt.
In "The Wave" (2012), an English-language short film by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire, the archaeological gaze of the viewer is set in motion: a mass grave from the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) opens and closes itself.
In 2011, the Belgian filmmakers placed a camera above the spot where nine victims were buried after their execution by Franco's supporters in June 1939. On day one of the excavation, a digging crane gently loosened the top layer of soil, until the archaeologists came across a skull with a bullet hole.
Then they continued their work by hand. The skeletons appeared, then disappeared, as if a strong wind blew that removed the sand and uncovered death, a primal truth.
For full details in English, click here.