The Post Film Collective elaborates on the work and experiences of The Post Collective into the realm of cinema, upon an invitation by Robin Vanbesien. Since 2018, The Post Collective is an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning and cultural activism created by and for refugees, asylum seekers, sans-papiers and accomplices. It introduces a range of artistic, cultural and employment opportunities, and provides a commoning environment for its members regardless of their legal status. The collective aims to develop creative alternatives beyond the dominant systems of control and exclusion it is facing. This means facilitating the position where one does not struggle to be assimilated but instead rethink and re-conceptualize critically a future together as a community.
The Post Film Collective is Mahammed Alimu, Marcus Bergner, Hooman Jalidi, Sawsan Maher, Mirra Markhaeva, Robin Vanbesien and Elli Vassalou. It practices cinema as a form of polyphony, space and communal assembly. Formed in 2020, the collective is based between Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.
The Post Film Collective is currently creating its first feature film On Recreation (working title), which explores a polyphonic cinema practice while taking its cue from the poem ‘Recreation’ by Audre Lorde. In her poem, Lorde explores a double binding of interrelating activities - ‘it is easier to work / after our bodies / meet’ - that led to what she claimed was ‘recreation’, with its connotations of play, reciprocity, care, repetition, and regeneration. The film process is available for the continuous re-composition of both conditions and artistic forms. The gathering of various languages, expressions, and rhythms prevents the film production from nesting neatly.
The film is currently in its development phase (2021).
produced by timely, Brussels;
co-produced by Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent), Beursschouwburg (Brussels);
supported by VAF (Flemish Audiovisual Fund), Kunsthal Gent, Netwerk Aalst, ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts), Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.
More info on http://postfilmcollective.org/