De Stad

Our City

A portrait of Brussels. Not the capital of Europe, not even of Belgium, but a city that belongs to everyone.
This event is in English
Tuesday 22 Mar 2016, 19.30
di 22 mrt 2016, 19.30
Grote zaal

It goes without saying that our thoughts and support go out to the inhabitants of Brussels, and to those whose family members and loved ones call this city home. Due to the tragic events of this morning, the programme and discussion have taken an unexpected turn. We will pay extra attention to the attacks and the context in which they happened and are reported on, the aftermath and impact on Brussels and other cities.

Our City is a film about a city under construction. On its horizon you can see the profile of the cranes and the skeletons of new towers. But what is the human construction that we are putting into place?
This is Brussels, the capital of Europe, a city of concrete cages wrapped in glass, planned by businessmen and politicians, set in motion by construction workers, and animated by office people. But there, in the narrow spaces just beyond the reach of bureaucracy, lies the Brussels that still breathes. You can hear its multicultural heart beating and see the traces of all the other cities, the ones each person carries within him/herself. All of us together add up to create the complex body and dissonant identity of Our City.

Our City is the portrait of a metropolis that belongs to everyone, a ‘city of foreigners’ that affirms itself more loudly here than elsewhere. Brussels is a multifaceted mirage. In its ambiguous profile, expats and immigrants, commuters and asylum-seekers, all see the promise of a private happiness. We often say that Brussels does not have a strong identity like Paris or London. That’s because Brussels is alive, because it still breathes, because it is ‘in the making’.

About the filmmaker

Maria Tarantino (b. 1972, Milan) graduated in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and then went on to do research at KU Leuven, the University of Wuppertal, and Ca’ Foscari in Venice. Her interests centre on phenomenology, a contemporary branch of philosophy that focuses on the structure of the human being and its understanding of the world. In 2009, Tarantino moved into filmmaking and directed Inside Out, an analysis of power relations inside an Italian prison where a group of inmates create a theatre performance. The following year, Tarantino travelled to Burundi to make Kubita, a self-funded and self-shot film about torture in Burundi’s prisons. In the same year, she set up the production house WILDUNDOMESTICATED in Brussels, which produced a medium-length film about the Brussels opera house and a series of short films about Chartres, before delving into the lengthy venture of Our City.

About our partner deBuren

The Flemish-Dutch House deBuren (“the neighbors”) presents beauty and wisdom of the Low Countries, and offers a platform for debate about culture, science, politics and the society in Flanders, The Netherlands and Europe. It is a place where artists, journalists, academics and politicians get the opportunity to voice their thoughts.

This event is in English
Tuesday 22 Mar 2016, 19.30
Grote zaal
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