WAITING WORKING HOURS

 A SHORT DOCUMENTARY BY BEN DE RAES - 2019 

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WAITING WORKING HOURS

 A SHORT FILM BY BEN DE RAES - 2019

SYNOPSIS

The street “Diksmuidelaan” is a street in Brussels where day laborers are looking for a job for one day. Gathered in small groups, they wait for hours until a white van picks them up. They get dropped off at a construction site or field. Employers pay small salaries and no social security is provided.

With personal their testimonies Waiting Working Hours wants to give a voice to clandestine workers. Digital images from the “Diksmuidelaan”, made with recordings from Google Streetview, are mixed with the voices from these workers. Together they form a constructed dialogue about labor and economics, in a multitude of languages. The immobile world of Google Streetview is like the standstill that the workers experience when they are waiting for hours.

Together with the workers, Waiting Working Hours examines and questions their current situation and their dreams for the future.

CREDITS

Written & directed by  Ben De Raes
Producer  Elisa Heene & Ellen De Waele

Editor  Constanze Wouters

Editing advise  Fairuz & Elias Grootaerts

Sound design  Simonluca Laitempergher

Sound mix  Luca Leprotti

Grading  Lennert De Taeye

In co-production with  Dagvrom & Argos Centre for Audiovisual Arts

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) &

Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC)

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

Encounters Film Festival 2019  Worldpremiere

Beursschouwburg 2019  Belgian premiere