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Next (After Empire History Remix)

Herman Asselberghs

video, color, 16:9, English spoken, BE, 2021

In 2010, After Empire suggests an alternative for the iconic image that collective memory has kept as the quintessential moment of recent history: the hijacked plane hitting the second tower. For director Herman Asselberghs and writer Dieter Lesage, this alternative to 9/11 would be: February 15, 2003. On that day, 30 million citizens across the planet marched against the unilateral decision by the American government to start a pre-emptive war against Iraq under the auspices of “the war on terror”. It was the greatest peace demonstration since the Vietnam war and probably the biggest protest march ever to take place. The war did happen, but this world day of resistance could very well mark the beginning of an empowering history of the 21st century: 2/15 instead of 9/11. Today, a decade and many marches all over the globe later, Asselberghs presents a remix version of the original film by providing (most of) the initial images with a new, contemporary soundtrack.

Image Fairuz
Sound Simon Halsberghe & Wiet Lengerer