Broken View

Broken View (Hannes Verhoustraete, 2023) is a poetic essay film on the colonial gaze and the magic lantern. This early type of image projector was used in Belgian colonial propaganda, showcasing the good works of the Church, State and industry. Lantern projections were an effective way of selling the colonial project to the Belgian public. Often lavishly hand colored, these tainted, horribly beautiful images helped shape the ways in which Europeans viewed and treated the colonial other. This tension between aesthetic experience and the reverberations of colonial ideology is central to the film. In composing an associative fabric of assemblages and collages, the film attempts to map the colonial gaze from a broken view.

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  • Hannes Verhoustraete
    Un pays plus beau qu'avant, 28 Rue Brichaut
  • Hannes Verhoustraete
    Un pays plus beau qu'avant, 28 Rue Brichaut
  • Ruben Desiere
    Echo, Kind Hearts, ...
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 14 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
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  • Courtisane Festival
    April 2, 2023
    World premiere
    Offical selection
Distribution Information
  • Avila Film
    Country: Belgium
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Hannes Verhoustraete

Hannes Verhoustraete (Belgium, 1986) is a filmmaker, teacher and researcher at KASK / School of Arts Ghent. His first feature film Un pays plus beau qu’avant (2019) ties the everyday economic urgency of a Congolese businessman in Brussels to the political and humanitarian urgency that animates the diaspora faced with the situation in Congo today and the echoes of colonial history. Broken View (2023), a poetic essay film on the colonial gaze and the magic lantern, deals with these same echoes from a different perspective. Both films are part of a research project on the essay form as a historiographic mode. He also writes for the Belgian cinephile platform

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