News 16 OCT 2018

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd Special Sessions in Paris

As part of the 37th edition of the Jean Rouch International Film Festival, a retrospective of Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd's films will be organized on November 24 and 25 at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris.

Belgian director Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd has traveled around the world to report on the forgotten lives of some communities, often silenced by power or wars. First in Mauritania for Nemadis, years without news (Nemadis, des années sans nouvelles), Faraway Roots (Racines lointaines) or Drowned in Oblivion (Le cercle des noyés), he also went to Western Sahara to realize The Dormants (Les Dormants) and Lost Land (Territoire perdu). Among the other countries visited, Sudan in Closed District and the landscapes of the Lozere Mountains in France with For the Lost (Les Tourmentes). His latest film The Eternals (Les Eternels) tells us the story of an endless war, located in Nagorno-Karabakh on the borders of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

After studying Anthropology and African civilizations, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd taught as a teacher assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles Philosophy and Letter’s Faculty until 2003. From 2004 to 2008, he developed and directed an annual residency for documentary writing and film directing intended for young Senegalese film directors : Cinema(s) of Africa(s).
He has also co-directed the Biennial Documentary Film Festival : Filmer à tout prix. Between 2008 and 2011, he taught at IHECS Brussels (Institut des Hautes Ecoles des Communications Sociales) and later collaborated as a programmer at the festival Les Etats Généraux du documentaire in Lussas. Since 2014, he has been working at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD), where he was first involved as a speaker in the Cinema Department and then became a professor and head teacher of the 3rd Bachelor year.

Shot mostly on film 16 and super 8 mm, his documentaries relate above all the human condition and forgotten destinies. Often described as poetic and melancholic, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd's cinema is now honored at the Jean Rouch Festival through a retrospective of his films, organized around several special sessions and in partnership with the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles of Paris and Wallonie Bruxelles International.

After these special sessions, a master class with Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd will take place on Tuesday 27th November, from 6pm to 9pm, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Introduction by Stéphane Breton, ethnologist and film director, lecturer and director of the Department of Image and Audiovisual at EHESS, and discussion with Alice Leroy, lecturer in cinema at the university Paris East.