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The young African woman Tita has recently come to live in Paris. In the French capital, she tries to find a balance between her self-created image of poised woman of the world and her homesickness for and memories of her native Guinea. Particularly memories of an unhappy childhood, when she drifted from one foster home to the next. In front of the camera, she gains some insights into herself and the world around her. She reaches the conclusion that she should give her new home, where people are more closed and insensitive, a fair chance before returning to her fatherland. The camera follows her from up close, singing melancholy songs on her bed, fighting back her tears when telling stories about her youth and talking to her relatives in Africa in her native tongue. She is chiefly filmed in her saddening Paris room, but also walking among the crowd in the street and having discussions in a café. The black-and-white images and sober soundtrack deepen the overpowering sensation of loneliness that Tita radiates, despite her peremptory assertions.
2003, black and white, 16mm, 13 min.
Produced in: Paris
Director (and D.O.P.): Vincent van de Wijngaard
Production: Ralph de Haan, Hazazah Film
Editing: Ben Isaacs
Sound: Michiel Mullink
Sat. January 29th – Wed. February 2nd, 2011.
This film is a journey of discovery, bridging past and present, following the life of a man who lived and worked with extreme intensity. In his short and restless life, Vincent van Gogh lived and worked in no less than 26 locations in The Netherlands, England, Belgium and France.
Christmas Day 1989: Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena are shot dead by a firing squad, after a trial lasting less than two hours.
But was the world watching a people’s uprising, or a communist coup d’état? Not many Romanians like to talk about Nicolae Ceaucescu. Twenty years after the downfall of the tyrant’s despised regime, the memories are too close for comfort.
Vincent van de Wijngaard returns to Bucharest, to report on the aftermath of the most mysterious downfall of the cold war.