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Belgian filmmaker/artist Johan Grimonprez caused an international stir with his first feature film dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, a dizzying chronicle of airplane hijacking that eerily foreshadows the events of 9/11. Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale to Sundance, his critically acclaimed films have garnered Best Director Awards and were acquired by NBC Universal, ARTE, and Channel 4. In addition, his works are part of the permanent collections of the Tate Modern and the Centre Georges Pompidou, as well as having been exhibited worldwide.
An exploration into media's mutating collusion with mass perception, Grimonprez's work is an inspired media archaeology that can be envisioned as both the joyful affirmation of a global disengagement, as well as the catalyst of effervescent criticism. In a society where excessive media consumption has redefined the role of the storyteller, what is at stake is how to tell a personal story in a world abundant with images.