Research on Scapegoat Mechanism
Work in Progress
Directed by: Jeanette Groenendaal
The filmmaker opens up a terabyte of material, more than 120 video rushing hours of her new movie Reformation projected on 3 simultaneous screens, After the viewing you are invited to act as a think tank. Speak out your insights and wishes for the next edit steps or discuss the scenes or directions you wish in this context. Is it possible to create a timeline with an open-minded approach and your influence?
Jeanette Groenendaal is using an experimental method of filmmaking, mixing documentary, re-enactment and activist performance. She questions her past in a tiny village along the fertile river delta of the Netherlands. After 38 years, Jeanette returns to the village, performing as a film director; will she be recognized as the "Child of the devil" she was condemned to be at the time? Will the villagers play their part in their own exclusive fundamentalist landscape? Who remembers the Christian schoolmasters' incestuous practices on the young girls?
The return is not for revenge. Groenendaal returns in search for understanding. Not only about herself, or the history of the Netherlands, but also to understand the country of today; its religion, conservatism, xenophobia, values and national identity.
The film in creation is more than a personal therapy or a documentary on a fundamentalist community. Filmmaker fictionalizes her own biography to stylized memory-picture.
A female and poetic answer to a patriarchal male universe.
„We had enough of the simplifying and identifying images on stage by director- egos, who want us to be interested in how they see the world. We had enough of the ignorant arrogance with which the audience is mostly underestimated. But we didn't have enough yet of the complexity and the pleasure of a polyphonic art work, which allows individual, different access from different sides by different spectators”.