Currently I prepare a new film on a diaspora event of American Indian (Gujarati) Muslims, which took place in a forest on the American east coast in summer 2018. I build on concepts from diaspora studies, in particular on the notion of 'diaspora aesthetics' (Werbner and Fumanti 2012), to explore the games, rituals, performances, spatial arrangements, and unexpected encounters during the event.
PRESENCE in times of erasure
In this experimental montage of reduction, magnification, and juxtaposition, I reflect on the question: how to be present in times of erasure? This is meant to be viewed on a mobile phone, and therefore produced as three short scenes (of 40 seconds each, in low-resolution for easy phone-to-phone sharing). I made it during coursework at the Academy of Creative and Performing Art (ACPA/ KABK) in The Hague, presented a first draft at the online video conference 'Displacements', and the final work is currently exhibited at 'De Oude UB' in Leiden (June-August 2018).
On a highway in Nepal, during a research excursion of the ERC Research Project 'Roads and the Politics of Thought' in June 2016, I recorded film footage of the excursion and its participants from SOAS London, the University of Edinburgh, and CAMP, Mumbai. A selection of the footage can be found here: https://pad.ma/IHD/player/00:00:01.077
A research film about the daily life of the 'Zusters Augustinessen van Sint Monica' in a catholic monastery in Utrecht. End product of the course 'etnocinematography' at Leiden University (taught by Dirk Nijland, Metje Postma, and Steef Meijknecht), 2000 (30 minutes).
MENS EN VOUWMACHINE
A short ethnographic film about the work routine of a factory labourer in Dieman, as part of a film elicitation project during the course 'etnocinematography' at Leiden University (taught by Dirk Nijland, Metje Postma, and Steef Meijknecht). Co-directed with Gezina Oorthuys, 1999 (10 minutes).
A WHOLE LIFE AHEAD
For this documentary I assisted director Joris Zee as a boom operator (sound recordings). The film shows the last summer tour of Circus Royal. Screened at Beeld voor Beeld and Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2002 (30 minutes).
DIVALI: FEEST VAN LICHT
Presentation of a television report on the Divali festival. How is Divali celebrated in The Netherlands? Interviews with youth from various religious backgrounds: Sanatan Dharm, Arya Samaj, Hare Krishna, Tamils, Sikhs. Made by Job Groenewegen, Organisatie Hindoe Media (OHM). Broadcasted on NL 1, 2002 (30 minutes).