A truck journey through one of the poorest regions of West Africa happens to coincide with the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the global center of capitalism. Twenty years after the facts Hi8 images filmed on the journey and audio recorded during the attacks intertwine in the retrospective travelogue "Slow Truck".
Slow Truck is an experimental short in which Hi8 footage shot on a journey through West-Africa in September 2001 is revisited after a 20-year hiatus with the aim to reconstruct a personal memory of those travels. Today, this personal history/ memory is unsurprisingly deeply impregnated with the universal history/ memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that happened simultaneously and that remain of great historical influence on our present society.
Slow Truck creates a dialogue between distilled elements of both histories (Hi8 footage West-Africa + audio recordings NYFD/ EMS New York), a dialogue that sometimes might seem odd or contradictory and other times fitting or engaging and that hopefully encourages members of the audience to contemplate about the way we humans currently inhibit the blue planet.
A Misantropoville production
by Jeroen Van der Stock
digital video, B&W, 2021, 19'
FESTIVALS/ EXHIBITIONS/ AWARDS