In the podcast episode of TOPIC: The Archive of Today, a collaboration between the Director's Forum (part of the Netherlands Film Festival) and Thursday Night Live, the curators Inge de Leeuw and Hugo Emmerzael speak with filmmaker Sharelly Emanuelson, director of Ons Moederland (Our Motherland) Shamira Raphaëla, director of Ze noemen me Baboe (They call me Baboe) Sandra Beerends, and Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Marina Otero Verzien, about how creators use the archive and how they decolonize it, about ownership, the quality of images, and the use of archival material in new work.
The Unintended Audience
Commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, in collaboration with the Director's Forum, a part of the Netherlands Film Festival, filmmaker Sharelly Emanuelson was asked to create a visual essay using the archives of Sound and Vision. The result is The Unintended Audience, a short film of 19 minutes that premiered on September 24 in the installation For The Record in Het Nieuwe Instituut. This film can also be seen on forum.festival.nl.
Sharelly Emanuelson is a filmmaker and visual artist. In her work, with the use of film, video, installation art and photography, she tries to express and communicate her thoughts, experiences and sentiment surrounding culture, heritage, colonial residue, behavior and everyday relationships. With a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arts in Utrecht in Audiovisual Media and a Master in Artistic Research from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, she has received international nominations and prizes, one of them being the Master Artistic Research Award from the Royal Academy of Art (2014), Black Achievement Spotlight Award (2018) and most recently the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Publieksprijs (Volkskrant Visual Arts Audience Award) in 2020. Aside from her own practice, Emanuelson established Uniarte, an artist-run organisation that focuses on the promotion of visiblity and development of upcoming and professional artists in the Caribbean.
Shamira Raphaëla graduated from ArtEZ University of the Arts. She currently works as a director. With her debut title Deal with it (2014) Shamira Raphaëla won various international prizes, such as at the Los Angeles Urban Film Festival. Her short documentary got nominated for the Filmprijs van de stad Utrecht (Film Award of the City of Utrecht) in 2015. This short youth documentary Lenno & de maanvis (Lenno & the moonfish, 2018), was awarded with the title of Best Children's Documentary at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and received the European Children's Film Association Award from the European Children's Film Association during the Berlinale. With the documentary De waarheid over mijn vader (The truth about my father, 2019) Shamira won the Golden Calf for Best Short Documentary. At the end of 2019, Ons moederland (Our motherland) was released, a full lenght documentary in which Shamira sketches the day-to-day life of Constant Kusters, the political leader of the Dutch Peoples-Union. With the use of archival material she paints a picture of the Dutch society and showcases her interaction with 'the other'.
Sandra Beerends works as a playwright and creative producer on feature films, documentaries, animations and TV shows. In 2012 she wrote and produced the short film Arigato. The film received the Audience Award at the Film by the Sea Festival, was shown on the Dutch broadcasting station NPO during the Indies Commemeration and received an invitation to the Japanese embassy in Tokyo. In 2019 she made her debut as a director with her film Ze noemen be Baboe (They call me Baboe) premiering during the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). This film was the only Dutch film that got placed in the Audience Top 10, accomplished to receive the Crystal Price within six weeks and has been travelling around in the international festival circuit since.
Wytze Koppelman is curator of Culture and Entertainment at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. His work bridges and connects the institute's archival collection to its presentation in a museum context. Wytze studied Film- and Television Studies at Utrecht University, after which he worked in a variety of positions within the cultural field. He has been attached to Sound and Vision since 2017.