Private Project

Pelikaanstraat 20

In Mali, the expression “aller en aventure” (setting off on an adventure) is widely known: young men are encouraged to spread their wings and leave the country to become a "real" man. Belgian actress Aminata Demba travels to Mali in the footsteps of her deceased father, to discover what drove him to undertake his journeys, before arriving in the Antwerp diamond district in the early 1970s. Her quest leads to harsh confrontations, to enlightening encounters with new migrants and especially to a more personal look at migration today.

This project is the follow-up of a theatre play called "Dis-moi wie ik ben" (Tell me who I am) in which two Belgian actrices with African origins explore their double identity. The play has been performed over a 100 times (more info: )

  • Leslie Verbeeck
    Ouder (Short) 2007, Prediker (Short) 2009, Egyptian Sweets (Docu) 2013, Fledgling (Short) 2014
  • Aminata Demba, Marijn Duijvestein and Leslie Verbeeck
  • Aminata Demba, Marijn Duijvestein and Leslie Verbeeck
  • Aminata Demba
    Key Cast
  • Leslie Verbeeck
  • Leslie Verbeeck
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pelikaanstraat 20
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  • Runtime:
    53 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2017
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    Belgium, Mali
  • Language:
    Dutch, French, Other
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Director Biography - Leslie Verbeeck

Leslie Verbeeck is an award-winning filmmaker, currently residing in Ghent, Belgium. He studied film at Luca School of Arts and obtained his bachelor's degree with honors. Working across a variety of mediums - he has continued to embrace creative and ambitious material. As a director, he works in the various fields of advertising, music videos and television and likes to experiment with animation, documentary and fiction. He has worked on major feature films, produced for brands such as ING, Mobistar, Luminus and directed for Sony Music, EMI and Universal. Currently, Leslie is writing a script for a new short film.

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