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Film Fest Gent - Robert de Wavrin, een Belgische etno-filmmaker
Archived: Robert de Wavrin, een Belgische etno-filmmaker

duration: 180 minutes



The Belgian documentary filmmaker Robert de Wavrin is someone who got lost into oblivion. Thanks to the documentary and the research of Grace Winter, his work has once again been put under the spotlight. Marquis de Wavrin left Belgium under violent circumstances and went to South America where between 1913 and 1936 he discovered various population groups which until then had never been filmed. He returned with these recordings devoid of any taboos. If you look at the images today, you can only conclude that they are as precious as they are startling. Grace Winter and Luc Plantier sketch his life as an explorer and filmmaker. Her restorations allow us to discover these priceless contributions to Belgian ethnographic filmmaking.

On 18 October, there's also a separate screening of the documentary 'Le Marquis de Wavrin, du manoir à la jungle'.

Synopsis 'Le Marquis de Wavrin, du manoir à la jungle'
A portrait of the eccentric Belgian nobleman Robert de Wavrin who, a century ago, travelled to South America in quest of different indigenous tribes. His amazing documentaries and beautifully composed photos were largely forgotten. Winter and Plantier give a belated salute to an undervalued pioneer. (C.V.)

Synopsis 'Au pays du scalp'
In 1930, Belgian filmmaker-ethnographer Robert de Wavrin directed this documentary about some indigenous tribes in South America. Though the head-shrinking ritual of the Shuar might be most spectacular, de Wavrin's main focus was to register the daily life of the Indians that radically differed from his. (C.V.)


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dialogue: French, English
subtitles: Eng subt.

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format: DCP
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