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Simple as ABC #7: The Voice of Fingers

Simple as ABC #7: The Voice of Fingers

De stem van vingers
Thomas Bellinck
Belgium, Germany, Finland
2023
95 min
Dutch Premiere
IDFA on Stage
Synopsis

Why is one person free to cross EU borders, while for others they remain closed, or can be opened only with great difficulty and after extensive checks? Why does a journey from Afghanistan to Europe takes a day for some and eight years for others?

Over the past seven years, Brussels artist and theater-maker Thomas Bellinck has been working on “Simple as ABC,” a series of performances and installations about European mobility regulations. In Simple as ABC #7: The Voice of Fingers, Bellinck collaborates with the Finland-based Afghan journalist Said Reza Adib to examine one of the instruments of control employed by the border police: the fingerprint.

This multimedia performance, with dozens of red tulips in the leading role, zooms in on the legacy of Francis Galton and his eugenics, on the interplay of lines on fingertips, and on the degrading journey that Reza made to Finland. Because Reza is not allowed to travel within Europe, he is forced to work with Bellinck remotely, and two performers interpret their dialogue on stage.

IDFA on Stage: Simple as ABC #7: The Voice of Fingers is a co-presentation of IDFA and Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond.

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Credits
95 min
color
cross-platform
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Thomas Bellinck
    Thomas Bellinck
Co-director
    Said Reza Adib
    Said Reza Adib
Production
    ROBIN
    ROBIN
Key collaborator
    Esther Severi,
    Musia Mwankumi,
    Furkan Ak
    Esther Severi,
    Musia Mwankumi,
    Furkan Ak
Executive producer
    Sandra Raes Oklobdzija,
    Marte van Hassel
    Sandra Raes Oklobdzija,
    Marte van Hassel
Co-production
    Theater Antigone,
    Arsenaal/Lazarus,
    Münchner Kammerspiele,
    Spielart,
    KASK School of Arts,
    The Flemish Government
    Theater Antigone,
    Arsenaal/Lazarus,
    Münchner Kammerspiele,
    Spielart,
    KASK School of Arts,
    The Flemish Government
Animation
    Léna Iloo
    Léna Iloo
Designer
    Rachid Laachir,
    Mirjam Pleines,
    Stef Stessel
    Rachid Laachir,
    Mirjam Pleines,
    Stef Stessel
Technical artist
    Pieter-Jan Buelens,
    Arthur De Vuyst,
    Janneke Donkersloot
    Pieter-Jan Buelens,
    Arthur De Vuyst,
    Janneke Donkersloot
Screenplay
    Said Reza Adib,
    Thomas Bellinck
    Said Reza Adib,
    Thomas Bellinck
Narrator
    Manizja Kouhestani,
    Jeroen Van der Ven,
    Said Reza Adib,
    Sajjad Hosseini,
    Fatima Mousavi
    Manizja Kouhestani,
    Jeroen Van der Ven,
    Said Reza Adib,
    Sajjad Hosseini,
    Fatima Mousavi

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