Power Cut

Sarah Vanagt

Video-installation, 4 videos in loop, total length: ca. 40 min., colour, French spoken, with English and Dutch subtitles, 2007.

The power goes off and the screen goes black: one of those innumerable moments of darkness when the buried memories from decades of conflict suddenly resurface. In the streets of Goma, children play at being news correspondents: Congo is preparing for its first democratic elections since 1960. Using a variety of sources, Sarah Vanagt collects elements from personal stories in a region torn apart by hatred and violence. Images and sound recordings taken by the children of Goma, TV news-clips and young soldiers’ accounts serve as her visual and audio material. Power Cut is a powerful documentary installation on the memory and imagination of young Congolese on the eve of potential political change in their country.

Concept & realisation: Sarah Vanagt
Camera:Nyabwinja Daniel, Kobito Patrick Tonton, Chamatari Dodo led by Petna Ndaliko Katondolo and Sekombi Katonondolo
Editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Sound design: Pete Connelly
Voices: Abdoul, Blaise
Scenography: Erwin De Muer
Presentation: KVS, Kunstenfestivaldesarts

Produced by Balthasar vzw 
in co-production with  KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS, Desire Productions (Brussels), CEPV (Goma), KVS and Argos.
Supported by : Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF) 
Distribution: Argos Center for Art & Media 

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