DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Cleaning Schaerbeek

Cleaning Schaerbeek

When the terror alert level in Belgium was raised, the Interior Minister made a pithy statement that he was going to clean up the Molenbeek district – by now a synonym for Islamist breeding ground. Meanwhile a resident of the Schaerbeek district, also predominantly populated by migrants, discovered that mysterious things were going on in front of her window. She informed the authorities and filmed what’s happening … An equally intelligent and amusing essayist look at paranoia and the obsession with security.

Frederik Lang


Original Title: Nettoyer Schaerbeek
Country: Lebanon, Belgium
Year: 2017
Language: Arabic, French
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 19 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Farah Kassem
Producer: Farah Kassem
Cinematographer: Farah Kassem
Editor: Farah Kassem
Music: Yohan Dumas
Sound: Farah Kassem
Script: Farah Kassem

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