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Intimate, Political Cinema · Les rivières, followed by Le Pacha, ma mère et moi



21.09.23 | 19h

Duration: 4h

Place: Cinematek

Screening of two films : a family archaeology that is both intimate and universal and the struggle of a Kurdish relative in exile followed by a discussion with the director Nevine Gerits.

Each film can be viewed separately.


19h · Les Rivières (The rivers)

An intimate investigation carried out over 6 years into the lineage of women in their family and the trans-generational issues of family memory.

Synopsis : Mai Hua, a French woman of Vietnamese origin is a divorced mother of two. In 2013, she and her mother bring her dying grandmother with them to France. As her grandmother is miraculously reborn, an unresolved past resurfaces. Mai becomes heir to a complex and painful family memory that she does not want to pass on to her daughter. Through this lineage of female inheritance, and her quest for the truth, the director delves into the universal and intimate archaeology of her family.

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​​Date of initial release: 2020
Director: Mai Hua
Distribution: Marthe
length: 1h37
TW : death and disease


21h · Le Pacha, ma mère et moi (The Pasha, my mother and I)
+ director’s talk

The film recounts the interactions between a mother and daughter who reflect critically on the question of transmission: what heritage do we carry? How can we free ourselves from it while keeping the meaning of our roots and how can we help future generations in the construction of their identities?

The film includes archival footage of the terrible chemical weapons massacre in Halabja, carried out by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces in 1988, and the exodus of over two million Kurds at the end of the gulf war in 1991.

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Director: Nevine Gerits
Cinematography: Nevine Gerits & Johan Legraie
Sound: Yann Elie Gorans
Editing: Sabine Hubeaux
Year of release: 2022
Duration: 83 min
Language: French – Dutch – Kurdish – English
Subtitles: FR, EN

TW : war, violence towards Kurdish people

Presented in collaboration with the Service de Culture Cinématographique.

Nevine Gerits
Nevine Gerits is a Brussels-based documentary director. A writing resident at the Ardèche Images documentary school in 2017, as well as head of photography for the 2019 film Cold Case Hammarskjold.
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