UNDER THE WHITE MASK:
THE FILM THAT HAESAERTS COULD HAVE MADE

ONDER HET WITTE MASKER: DE FILM DIE HAESAERTS HAD KUNNEN MAKEN

Matthias De Groof • Belgium • 2020 • 9 min.

Matthias De Groof
Belgium • 2020 • 9 min.

SYNOPSIS

Based on fragments of “Under the Black Mask”, a 1958 film by Paul Haesaerts, this new film imagines what the masks, now subjects, would say.
Aimé Césaire’s “Discourse on Colonialism” is spoken in Lingala for the first time. This speech is still a critical mirror for Europe.

AWARDS

Best Short Film / National Competition
Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Argentina (2019)

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom. Belgium (2020)
Sheffield Doc/Fest. UK (2021)
Short Waves Film Festival | Spotlight: Kino Rebelde. 
Poland (2021)

INSTALLATIONS

Berlinale International Film Festival / Forum Expanded. Germany (2021)

TRAILER

CREDITS

DIRECTOR
Matthias De Groof

SCREENWRITER
Matthias De Groof

PRODUCER
Daniel De Valck (Cobra Films)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Art et Cinema

SOUND DESIGN
Neel Cockx

EDITING
Matthias De Groof
Neel Cockx

MUSIC
Sun Ra

VOICE
Maravilha Munto

Text (BASED ON)
Aimé Césaire’s ‘Discours sur le colonialisme’ (Présence africaine, 1955)

FESTIVALS
María Vera (Kino Rebelde)

Produced by
Cobra Films