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Zwangere Guy 'Gorik Pt 1' by Joe Vanhoutteghem
Belgian director Joe Vanhoutteghem presents a fever nightmare about the horrors of domestic abuse for the Brussels-based rapper Zwangere Guy which is likely to stay with you for a very long time if you watch it. So be prepared to see some very disturbing imagery if you do choose to watch it.
Vanhoutteghem's method, as he's shown in some astonishing videos for The Hickey Underworld and others, is to establish an aesthetic of chaos, a sort of living Hell, in which anything is possible. Like a form of experimental theatre, there's a thread of black comedy in much of his work and incredibly enough, even in this, his most brutal work, its there.
To put it simply, the video is about the impact that watching domestic violence has on children - with the main protagonist - Zwangere Guy himself - effectively brought back from the dead to relive the experience as a kind of public spectacle, his eyes forced open, like Alex in A Clockwork Orange.
The approach is designed to remove any ambiguity about what happens, the scale of the crime. It certainly does that. This is completely traumatic to watch, just as Vanhoutteghem intends.
But it is ironic that the video can be seen on YouTube with no parental advisory warning apparent anywhere. Surely, that's the whole point: no child should ever see this.
|Focus Puller||Joris Rymen|
|Production Company||Czar Films|
|Executive Producer||Eurydice Gysel|
|Producer||Maarten De Sutter|
|Location Manager||Zane Garitte|
|Focus Puller||Bart Bleuzé|
|Director of Photography||Menno Mans|
|DIT||Noor De Heer|
|Art Director||Geert Paredis|
|Set Dresser||Peggy Verstraeten|
|Editor||Manu Van Hove @ Het Digitalal Geweld|
|Other credits||Fight Coordinator: Kiluangi Wolf Post Producer: Bieke De Keersmaecker Online: Robin De Praetere Actor Man: Tibo Vandenborre Actor Mother: Caroline Stas Color Grading: Olivier Ognieux Camera Equipment: The Movie Lot Grip Equipment: Cine Qua Non Light Equipment: Spots Unlimited|
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