These are excerpts. Duration of the complete video is 22 min.
Belleville is a video by Rena Rädle and Vladan Jeremić that documents the protest of Roma families against their forced eviction for the sake of construction works related to the sports manifestation "Universiade 2009" in Belgrade.
Duration: 22 minutes
Camera & editing: Rena Rädle
The video Belleville arose from the protests against forced evictions of Roma in Belgrade, Serbia.
It belongs to the series of works The Housing Question.
To make space for a real estate investment related to the sports manifestation “Universiade
2009” the homes of over 40 families were destroyed by diggers over night. The shocked inhabitants
of the settlement blocked the street to protest against the violent attack.
The video was recorded spontaneously while the protests were evolving over a period of several
days and nights. In the evenings the recordings would be reviewed together; we would listen
again to the list of demands and the statements of politicians and UN-officials; a raw cut would
immediately be on the internet. It was an immense motivation for the people that there was a
camera documenting what was going on. Through the montage the density of the events was
reduced and brought into a shape that allowed for an understanding and analysis of the events.
The process of recording was a process of witnessing, self-reflection and learning with the community.
Belleville was first publicly viewed in the Roma settlement and was afterwards often
screened in educational workshops, conferences dealing with the issues of Roma rights and European
fascism, in campaigns for Roma refugees’ rights to stay in their country of asylum and, last
but not least, at art exhibitions.