(Pas) Mon pays part I and II I (Não é) Meu país partes I e II I 65’00’’

Bie Michels nasceu e foi criado no Congo. Como o título indica, (Pas) Mon Pays, Parte I e II divide-se em duas partes. A primeira aborda a história de um monumento colonial, em Mechelen, Bélgica, e os esforços de Michels e um grupo de cidadãos belgas de raízes congolesas para derrubá-la, tanto simbolicamente quanto de fato. A segunda parte explora uma estória pessoal, sua visita ao Congo. Narrativas que tangenciam passado e presente em busca de vislumbrar um futuro para a situação pós-colonial no Congo e na Bélgica.

Bie Michels was born and raised in Congo, in a house on the campus of the current University of Kinshasa (former ‘Lovanium’, the first university in the country, 1954-1971). As the title indicates, “(Pas) Mon Pays, Part I and II”, has two parts. The first talks about a colonial monument in Mechelen and Michels’ efforts to decolonize this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots. The second shows the artist’s visit to Congo and is based on her personal history. The film is an attempt to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation, in both Congo and Mechelen (Belgium).

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