Čtyři dny | Four days

Sarah Vanhee (Belgium)

The Making of Justice

  • Sunday Oct 7 / 18:00, Archa Theatre (small hall)

The Making of Justice is a movie about seven prisoners working on the scenario for a crime film together with Sarah Vanhee. Like the main character in the film, they are all guilty of murder. To shape the story, they draw on their own experiences, ideas and desires. We, the viewers, can only guess whether they are using fiction as a means of confirming, transcending or transforming their present situation. In the course of the film they discuss criminality as a parallel reality, what the nature of justice is, and what a society would be like if it was oriented towards healing rather than retribution. ‘The justice system is not synonymous with justice itself. The justice system means the application of rules, but justice is a human capacity’, says one of the men. The image of ‘the criminal’ is always elusive, both in terms of form (because the lens always remains out of focus) and content, because the authors and their character appear first as people and only then as offenders.

In October 2017 Sarah was granted an award by the student jury in the First Light section at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava (CZ)


SARAH VANHEE’s artistic practice is linked to performance, visual arts and literature, and unfolds in various environments. “I create temporary, porous yet clearly defined spaces in which I analyze existing realities and confront those with an absurd, utopic or poetic proposal. From this friction different narratives, landscapes, practices and fictions emerge. Recent works include The Making of Justice (film), Oblivion (performance), I Screamed and I Screamed and I Screamed (video-installation & performance), Untitled (series of meetings), Lecture For Every One (series of intrusions), Turning Turning (performance), Unforetold (performance).


Directed by: Sarah Vanhee
Producer: Manyone (Brussels) with the support of BUDA Arts Center (Kortrijk), in the frame of apap-Performing Europe 2020 – co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union


In Flemish with Czech subtitles.
Duration: 60 min.