21-23/10/2022 Projections, Discussions, Wip

image © Salomé Lamas – design © Miriam Hempel / daretoknow

SoundImageCulture is pleased to invite you to BOUNDARY ENCOUNTERS: Fictional strategies in reality-based film – a weekend-long program of screenings, presentations, shared meals and conversations, to collectively reflect on the incorporation of fiction within reality-based film.

Together we want to explore how fiction is employed to negotiate issues of access and navigate boundaries between private and public space, memory and history, poetics and politics. BOUNDARY ENCOUNTERS will present a series of thematic screenings of short and feature-length films, discussions and work-in-progress presentations with the filmmakers: Salomé Lamas, James Newitt, Nicolás Pereda, María Molina Peiró, and Stéphanie Roland, along with SIC participants and Stefanie Baumann from the Thinking Documentary Film research group at CineLab/IFILNOVA (New University of Lisbon).

Within the space of the boundary – a potentially contested zone that divides categories and territories – the program proposes a coming together to watch and reflect on films that explore subjects of territory, borders, the sea, technology, memory and history. In this zone, forms of documentary and fiction are interwoven to produce new narrative configurations and where issues of access, visibility and truth are negotiated. The program proposes to consider how strategies of fiction are used within documentary in order to engage with reality, or as Trinh T. Minh-ha observed how, ‘In “documentary,” one has to go through fiction to show reality’.

The films shared over the weekend reveal encounters with ghosts from the past, made by tracing now-dispersed borders. They tell stories – that may or may not be entirely true – by people waiting for their asylum hearing. They speak of testimonies told through the voice of an actor who struggles to recount someone else’s trauma. They describe places that have not been mapped, or that are beyond sight. They give access to technological utopias and autonomous zones. They trace invisible lines on the earth, observe us from beyond the atmosphere and disappear into the sea.

Beginning Friday afternoon and continuing until Sunday afternoon, theis Focus program consists of two evening screenings at Cinema Nova and four themed screening sessions with open discussions throughout Saturday and Sunday, hosted at Projection-Room, along with shared meals, key-note presentation and the sharing of films-in-progress. 

BOUNDARY ENCOUNTERS is organised by SoundImageCulture and curated in collaboration with James Newitt. The Focus is realised in partnership with Festival En ville! / Le p’tit ciné, Cinema Nova, ISELP and Project(ion) Room; supported by Loterie Nationale, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie and SCAM.

Registration provides access to the entire weekend program ,

beginning Friday afternoon October 21st and continuing until 6pm Sunday October 23rd.

Registration information:

Registration fee is 25 € or 20 € early-bird discount (until October 10th), 12€ for a single day .

Payments can be made by bank transfer to:

SoundImageCulture, IBAN: BE61 0682 5170 4317, BIC: GKCCBEBB

Please confirm payment and registration by emailing receipt of transfer to:


Friday 21st October

ISELP Contemporary Art Centre

15:00  Blue Marble, visit of the exhibition with Stéphanie Roland

18:00  Walking tour to Cinema Nova

Cinema Nova

19:00  Light dinner PROVIDED

20:00  ‘Extinction’ by Salomé Lamas

Saturday 22nd October


10:30 COFFEE

11:00  BOUNDARY ENCOUNTERS : Introduction


‘Le Boudin’ by Salomé Lamas, ‘Flora’ & ‘Private Property Trilogy’ by Nicolas Pereda

13:00  LUNCH

14:30  PROCESS

‘Pantheras’ work-in-progress by Salomé Lamas

15:30  COFFEE


Notes on the interrelations between fiction and documentary by Stefanie Baumann

18:00  Walking tour to Cinema Nova

Cinema Nova

19:00  Light dinner provided

20:00  ‘Tales of Two Who Dreamt’ by Nicolas Pereda

Sunday 23rd October


10:30 COFFEE


‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ by Salomé Lamas, ‘Podesta Island’ by Stéphanie Roland & ‘Off-Land’ by James Newitt

13:00  LUNCH


‘The empty sphere’ by Stéphanie Roland, ’The Sasha ‘’ & ‘Como Todo Mortal’ work in progress by Maria Molina Peiró

15:30  COFFEE

16:00  PROCESS

SIC – work-in-progress presentations

17:30  WRAP UP

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