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Laurent VanLancker

Laurent Van Lancker

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Laurent Van Lancker both studied Filmmaking (IAD) and Anthropology (MA, Mphil in SOAS). His early documentaries illuminate social, religious and artistic aspects of different cultures, e.g. Ymako ( Basil Wright Price at the RAI film festival 1998) or Moving with the Clouds ( Prix Jeunes, Festival Cinema d’Asie 1999). Although his latest three works are experimental travel diaries ( Eth(n)ics, Trente et une nuits: mes rencontres palestiniennes, Rétroviseurs), he has also recently made short fiction films, dance-videos, and is currently finishing a first (and surrealist) long feature documentary. An occasional lecturer in audiovisual anthropology and documentary in universities such as UGent, Sint-Lukas (Belgium), SOAS (London) or Kunming (China) and one of the founders of Polymorfilms and VOX (a media-activist collective), he also runs creative AV workshops and has curated several film programmes for Cinema Nova in Brussels. For Laurent Van Lancker, every project is like a new performance, in which a dialogue between form and content, ethics and aesthetics, political and poetical realms is to be found.


Entre deux mers (6´, Belgium, 1994)
Discreet Identities - with Simon Arazi (26´, Belgium, 1996)
In Voodoo We Trust - with Jim Ireland (52´, Belgium, 1997)
Ymako - with Robin Shuffield (51´, Belgium, 1998)
Moving with the clouds - with Olivier Gregoire (53´, Belgium, 1999)
La pierre (21´, Belgium, 2000)
Eth(n)ics (26´, Belgium, 2001)
Looking Up - with Parthiv Shah (24´, Belgium, 2003)
31 Nights (28´, Belgium, 2003) Rétroviseurs (28´, Belgium, 2004) - collective film
Surya, from eloquence to dawn (76´, Belgium, 2006)
Majjudo/Lost Man (31', Belgium, 2009)
Disorient (36', Belgium, 2011)



Disorient (Orig.) / 2011 / Belgium / 36 min

Polyphony of tales by migrants who returned to their homeland after having spent many years abroad. This film proposes a haptic and sensorial evocation of lifestories and memories through filmic experimentations and traces of material culture.



Lost Man

Majjudo (Orig.) / 2009 / Belgium / 31 min

Cine-poem and sensorial drifting in a French-Senegalese experience of Shadow cinema. Someone who leaves the dying fire without his torchlight is a lost man.


Surya 1


Surya (Orig.) / 2006 / Belgium / 76 min

Ten contemporary storytellers of different cultures create an imaginary epic story and the aromas of culturesbv carry us from one storyteller to the next.





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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- 16.1.2017 -

Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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