Lost Land

A Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd's Documentary

Lost Land2017-09-01T22:10:55+00:00


Straddling a 2,700-kilometer-long wall constructed by the Moroccan army, the Western Sahara is today divided into two sections  – one owned by Morocco, the other under the control of the Sahrawi National Liberation Front. Drawing from stories of flight, exile, interminable waiting and the arrested, persecuted lives on both sides of that wall, this film bears witness to the Sahrawi people, their land and their entrapment in other people’s dreams. With an aesthetic that sublimates the real, Lost Land resonates like a score that juxtaposes sonorous landscapes, black-and-white portraits, and nomadic poetics.

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

Film Director

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd is a Belgian Film Director from Liege (Wallonia, Belgium). He has dedicated most of his work to Africa. After studying Information, Journalism, and Communication, as well as Anthropology and African Civilizations, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd worked as a teaching assistant on the Université Libre de Bruxelles’ Faculty of Philosophy and Litterature until 2003. From 2004 to 2008, he developed and ran “Cinéma(s) d’Afrique(s)”, an annual documentary film writing and directing residency for young Senegalese filmmakers. From 1998 to 2008, he served as co-director of Filmer à Tout Prix, the French Community of Belgium’s biennial documentary film festival. Since 2008, he has been a professor at the IHECS (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Communication Sociale), in Brussels.
Conceived out of an encounter — and, at times, a confrontation — with reality, his work attempts to weave bonds between men and the world, between singular and universal stories. At once aesthetic, philosophical and political, his films are explorations of the world and its stakes, of existence here and somewhere else.