'Invisible realities': 4 selected video's, presented at the international film- and documentary festival Dokufest as a part of the 'Unerasable' exhibition, Prizren, Kosovo, 2015
Project info 'Unerasable' - video project for Dokufest
Theme: Dealing with the past
Focal point of this particular video project has been the contrast between the 'outside' and the 'inside' of people, which can arise in case of unresolved traumas.
As an input for this project Maureen Bachaus interviewed former residents of the Balkan area who left their home during the war in order to build up a new life in Western Europe. The subject of the interviews has been their thoughts and emotions about themselves and their identity, in relation to the past. The texts that have been used in the videos find their origin in these authentic interviews.
Bachaus also interviewed a psychologist who works with traumatized (war)victims. She explained the responses of people to an unresolved trauma and their personal (secret) coping strategies, like extreme eating habits, physical exhaustion, extreme purification habits, etcetera.
All the interviewees appear to be successful, well functioning members of the European society.
Their thoughts and their personal coping strategies remain a secret to the outside world. The leading characters in the video are therefor actors, as the interviewees wished to stay anonymous.