Films byTexts by Sarah Vanagt

Sarah Vanagt (1976) is a Belgian filmmaker and lecturer. She studied history at the universities of Antwerp, Sussex and Groningen, and film at the National Film and Television School (UK). Her documentaries and video installations combine her interest in history and her interest in the origins of cinema. Her work includes films such as After Years of Walking (2003), Little Figures (2003), Begin Began Begun (2005), Boulevard d’Ypres (2010), The Corridor (2010), Dust Breeding (2015) and Divinations (2019). She is currently teaching at the film department of KASK / School of Arts Ghent.

Sarah Vanagt, 2003, 16’

Three statues on the Mont des Arts in Brussels: a king, a queen and a medieval knight. Three newcomers to Brussels: a Philippino boy, a Rwandan refugee girl and a Moroccan boy. Three statues, three children; an imaginary conversation.


Sarah Vanagt, 2006, 15’

Large parts of Goma were covered with lava after the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in January 2002. Today kids live in the ruins on the lava. They sell paper hankies to grown-ups in the city, and lava rocks to construction builders.

Sarah Vanagt, 2018, 30’

In the 17th century, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, a draper from Delft, begins to make glass lenses, in order to better study the quality of his textile. He melts, drips and grinds small beads of glass.

Sarah Vanagt, 2019, 35’

“What kind of futures can be read in the impersonal fragments of our reality? It’s a question that inevitably gains attention and importance when it’s posed to those who the future, pre-eminently, belongs to.

Sarah Vanagt, 2022, 31’

In De Dragers [The Porters], young people in Brussels, with many different backgrounds and horizons, sit together on benches in parks.