Niet vergeten | 2014 - 2015
Part of 'Ik zou je het liefste in een doosje willen doen', where I try to construct a memory of my mother.
(English title: Do Not Forget)


Still of short film Niet vergeten (2015) directed by Rachel Gruijters. Alternative title: Do Not Forget
Still from 'Niet vergeten'

A young girl (the director) is trying to construct a memory of her deceased mother in different ways.

Synopsis

It seemed as though everyone around her had memories of her mother, everyone but her. It was about time for her to have memories of her own. But how does one make a memory? This is the question artist and the director of the film, Rachel, asked herself.

In 1993, when Rachel was one-and-a-half years old, her mother died of cancer at the age of 31, leaving her without any memories. In the film we see her trying different methods to create, or even construct, a memory.

This constructing is done in a mechanic way: by ways of webcams, computer screens, scanners. The viewer literally gets to see the directorís efforts to grasp and process what remains of her mother and trying to find a way to bond with her postmortem. It all becomes bits and pixels. It isnít real, it isnít the truth, just as memories arenít the truth. They are just one personís truth, as is this film.


Stills

Still of short film Niet vergeten (2015) directed by Rachel Gruijters. Alternative title: Do Not Forget>

Still of short film Niet vergeten (2015) directed by Rachel Gruijters. Alternative title: Do Not Forget

Still of short film Niet vergeten (2015) directed by Rachel Gruijters. Alternative title: Do Not Forget

Still of short film Niet vergeten (2015) directed by Rachel Gruijters. Alternative title: Do Not Forget

Still of short film Niet vergeten (2015) directed by Rachel Gruijters. Alternative title: Do Not Forget

Still of short film Niet vergeten (2015) directed by Rachel Gruijters. Alternative title: Do Not Forget


Credits

Director: Rachel Gruijters
With voices of: Pascalle Benard-Timmermans, Jos Gruijters, Annie Gruijters-van Kemenade, Norma Hendriks-van de Gevel, Bea van Kraay-van Nunen
Home videos found by: Gert & Bea van Kraay, Gerard & Ine Maas, Werner & Anja Timmermans
Other footage used: "De dood en vegetarisme", Theo & Thea (1985 - 1989), VPRO; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Disney
Sound mixed by: Elias Heuninck
Thanks to: John Bas, Willemijn Berg, Koen Blauwblomme, Dieter Diependaele, Jessica Kelly, Annemiek van Kraay, Jan van der Linden, Anouk Meesters, Nicoline van Stapele, Renť Van Gijsegem, my classmates in KASK
Special thanks to: Hilde D'haeyere & Anna Luyten


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