Researching at the Eye Film Museum archive, Paula Albuquerque found a piece of religious/medical propaganda from the 1950s. Shot in Suriname, the original footage was meant to show the supporting role that the Dutch settlers created for themselves, establishing a regime of indebtedness and justifying territorial dispossession and biopolitical power dynamics in former colonies.
Like The Glitch of a Ghost is a fake double, which introduces a glitch that actualizes the archive through a problem and affirms the vital sovereignty of those who were depicted as subaltern. It will haunt the Eye Film Museum archive, like ghosts haunt the images we are still learning to perceive.
Directed by Paula Albuquerque (Netherlands)