A Place Where Reality Lies
> Documentary

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> Synopsis:


        I tried to make a documentary and got tangled up in the truth. The truth gobbled me up, and there, in the belly of the whale, all of the thick, wet walls looked the same. Sometimes, the truth and its negation look the same. It’s not that we want to lie, it just kind of happens.

Even though we might want them to, or sometimes naively believe them to be, documentaries aren’t objective windows onto the real world. They are interpretations, readings, testimonies. But if they can’t be considered accurate depictions of reality, what distinguishes them from fiction? ‘A Place Where Reality Lies’ is a dog chasing its own tail: a documentary, in which a director sets out to investigate how other documentarians go about depicting reality.

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> Credits: 


Sherman de Jesus
Barbara Visser
Katharina Smets
Saeed Taji Farouky
Nandisa Ludidi

Writer & Director – Ciska Meister
Producer – Zoë van der Kust
Director of Photography – Judith Boeschoten
Sound Recordist – Femke Bosma
Editor – Colina van Bemmel
Art Director – Kotryna Buruckaitė
Sound designer – Andrea de Jonge
Voice-Over – JC Voicemale
Voice-Over Recordist – Visionair Ordinair
Original Music by – Malcolm Lagger Caldwell and Liza Dries
Line Producer – Eloi Genrich
Gaffer – Lidewei Egbers

> Screenings and awards:

- Official Selection, Screening and Winner ‘Beste Opstromer’ Tegenstroom Filmfestival (Belgium, 2023)

- Official Selection and Screening Open Doek Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands, 2023)

- Official Selection and Screening Nederlands Film Festival (Netherlands, 2022)

- Screening Zwarte Gat Filmfestival (Netherlands, 2022)

- Screening VERS - De Spiegel van de Maker (Netherlands, 2022)

- Screening Afstudeerfestival - Willem de Kooning Academie (Netherlands, 2022)