2014 - Film



FOR THE RECORD is a film composed of collected video footage (Tudou source) and a voice-over.

The images show Beijing, China, filmed through the eyes of its inhabitants. They show us the inside of their houses, bedrooms, daily rituals, pets, food, bathrooms, schools… We get to see what the Chinese character for ‘home’ means for inhabitants of the capital of the Chinese Republic and get an inside view of their daily lives, which is completely different from our Western society and yet very recognisible.

A female voice speaks about her daily routines in a Western capital (Brussels). She describes her surroundings. She speaks about the different relationships she has towards others. She narrates memories about growing up. She speaks about her relationship with her own body. She closes in on small details, through which she approaches differently the material reality as well as the inside of her head.

This audiovisual work offers a contemporary insight in the lives of people in a metropole and examines more specifically the different forms of proximity. Through the images as well as the voice-over, the film aims to reformulate the question of proximity in contemporary urban society. The collected images from Beijing and the voice over composed in Brussels, are both extremely sensory: the spectator becomes actively engaged. (S)he needs to redefine him- or herself accordance to the publicity of the private sphere.

Who is (s)he as a spectator among spectators? What is one spectating?
Who is (s)he as a civilian? As a human being?


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Director: Aïlien Reyns
Text & voice: Fleur Khani
Artistic supervision: Marius Packbier
Image editing: Valentin Fayet
Sound: Benjamin Pasternak

VAF, VGC, ARGOS, De Pianofabriek

2018 Kunstgalerij negenpuntnegen, Roeselare (BE)
2017 Cinéphage, ULB (BE)
2016 Yilan Museum of Art (TWN)
2016 Noida International Film Festival (IN)
2015 Screening Scholarship Media Festival, University of Pennsylvania (US)
2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL)
2014 Digital Storytelling – Directors Lounge, Berlin (DE)