A family as a microcosm of Flanders. When she was fourteen, the black girl Neske Beks found out her foster father voted for the far-right Vlaams Blok. In this colourful family chronicle, the dramatist examines her past and her people.

While the multicultural dream seems permanently over for our southern neighbours and xenophobia increases, dramatist and writer Neske Beks’ allegiance to her Flemish people and family remains unabated in her documentary debut. In the 1970s, Beks grew up in a small suburb of Antwerp, in a warm working-class family. Her dark skin made Beks an outsider in her foster family. In this colourful family chronicle, she examines how the ideals of those years were replaced by the gut feelings of the extreme right. This happened in her own family, too, half of whom cast a vote for Vlaams Belang. Beks’ toughest relationship is with her dad, who already switched to the far-right Vlaams Blok party when Beks was still a teenager. And still, Eigen volk is definitely not a reckoning or character assassination, but a personal quest for the universal issues that unite us or drive us apart.

Credits

Director
Executive producer
Sound editing
Sound Design
Production company
Dieptescherpte
TV company
VPRO TV

Title: Eigen volk
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 12 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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