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Painful Painting

Director: Catherine van Campen
Fine artist Ronald Ophuis shows ordinary people under extreme circumstances. Without moralising, his large canvasses full of violence and human suffering urge self-examination through painful identification.

The confrontational, large paintings by Ronald Ophuis show brute force and suffering. Director Catherine van Campen follows the artist during the genesis of a new painting and accompanies him to Sierra Leone. Both former child soldiers and the media in Sierra Leone ask the painter for the reason of his work, which visualises a past they know but have put behind them. It is Ophuis’ ultimate goal to prompt people to self-examination through his compositions.


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Title: Painful Painting
Year: 2011
Duration : 52 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2012
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