About the Directors

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Director’s Statement

Co-directors Hanne Phlypo and Catherine Vuylsteke opted for a imaginitive account of the lives of three unaccompanied minors. They optimize the aesthetics of reality and focus on the power of the image through the unspoken. Their long established relationships with the characters enabled them to bridge the distance between subject and filmmaker, between the familiar and the unknown. Thus they provide the viewer with a privileged insight into the world of their protagonists, with their comforting rituals, hesitant hopes, unwavering beliefs and unavoidable misfortunes.

An original soundtrack by Karim Baggili blends oriental influences with an intimate soundscape, thus enhancing the subtle atmosphere of the remarkably lighthearted film.

About the Directors

Hanne Phlypo

Director

(°1984). She graduated in 2006 as a director at the INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts de Spectacle et de la Diffusion) in Brussels. Since then she’s worked in all segments of the film industry, be it as an assistant-producer, a cameraman or assistant-director. In 2010 together with Antoine Vermeesch she set up her own production company, Clin d’Oeil films. ‘The art of becoming’ is her second documentary in collaboration with Catherine Vuylsteke.

Catherine Vuylsteke

Director

(°1964). She‘s a sinologist by education, a journalist with the belgian newspaper De Morgen since 1989, and a writer. Vuylsteke published two books on contemporary China in 2007 and 2009. In 2008 she wrote ’Among Men, the secret lives of Moroccan gays‘, which was the basis for the collaboration with Phlypo on ’Silent Stories‘. In 2011 Vuylsteke wrote ’the past is a foreign country’, which is again the point of departure for this new, fascinating documentary project.

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