Video works by KABK students in ROOTS Film Festival

On Saturday, December 18, Filmhuis Den Haag will host its fourth edition of the ROOTS Film Festival with new, familiar and counter-work by talents and filmmakers from The Hague.

BLOCK 3: STROOM KABK - Uncertainty Seminars: There, There

BLOCK 3: STROOM KABK of the ROOTS Film Festival presents work by students of the KABK, which was previously shown during the Museum Night in The Hague at Stroom, also organizer and curator. The theme is Uncertainty Seminars: There, There, analogous to Gertrude Stein's statement when she returned to Oakland in 1933.

"There is no there, there..."

Duration: 60'
Language: English

Saturday 18 December | 12:15 | Zaal 3
Saturday 18 December | 12:30 | Zaal 6 - Boutique Cinema + talks

On December 18, you can watch the films and follow-up discussions online. The screenings will be made available online all day on Saturday. The discussion after the screenings in Zaal 6, will be live-streamed around 13:35.

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Screening program

Beyond Taxonomic Narratives / Natalia Sliwinska / 21'

In the fibre collection of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, there is a selection of Panama hats stored under the taxonomic name of the plant used to make it; Carludovica Palmata. Between 1913–1947, in a Braiding School based in Mariapatronaat Catholic institution in Paramaribo, a group of Surinamese single mothers used to make these Panama hats, but the story of the makers is not present. This work explores the decolonial rereading of archives currently taking place across Dutch institutions, and looks into ways of counter-archiving.

Where the Facade Bends / Sophie Czich / 7'

Architectural renders are highly realistic repre- sentations of places that don’t exist yet. These images stand halfway between an imaginary world and a future that will physically materi- alise. This video plays with these ‘neither real nor imaginary’ places. With collaged frag- ments of renders, the video reassembles a new space, a stage for a journey through the backsides, absurdities and ruptures of such smooth surfaces.

And it looks to me like the end of an era / Cristina Lavosi / 11'

A visual narration and an intimate account of the past, present, and future of the Binckhorst, an industrial district in southeast The Hague. The work starts out from a research on archival materials that hover around three main temp

o- rary settlements in the Binckhorst, pertaining to different periods of time until the present days: a Roma caravan camp, an asylum seeker center, and a status holders’ temporary housing. A wooden wagon wheel, unearthed by the archaeologists in the Binckhorst, is at once the starting point and the symbolic image that influ- ences the entire work.

Terraforming / Petra Eros / 4'

Terraforming envisions what the surface of the Earth will look like in 2050, if we don’t learn from today’s problems. Two main concepts are being given shape visually: one is extractivism, a destructive process of extracting natural resources from the Earth to sell on the world market and Lovelock’s Gaia theory proposing a self-regulating, complex system of the Earth that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. It tends to be a utopia, the only question is – utopia to whom?

Thy Cities Shall With Commerce Shine—Part I / Hattie Wade / 9'
Heritage is a political resource that is used to create and define a national identity. As these narratives of heritage are almost exclusively based on the notion of a heroic past, structural forgetfulness is created through selective memory. This work is part of a four-part video series that addresses legislative injustice using one insurance marketplace, Lloyd’s of London, as a springboard.

周怡君 Bubble / Vera Yijun Zhou / 13'
The rotation of hometown and outland is a recognition of the sense of belonging. Vera Yijun Zhou takes this purposeless, short- term migration as a common status of her life, putting herself and her own observations and thoughts into the narrative of travel. Travel is connected to a sense of personhood, to a weakness, dreams and illusions. Travel and its stories are imagined, they are just a fragile bubble.



Sat 18 December 2021 12.15 - 13:15


Filmhuis Den Haag, Zaal 3


Sat 18 December 2021 12.30 - 13:30


Filmhuis Den Haag, Zaal 6 Boutique Cinema