Jan Locus | Belgium 2021 | 14 Min. | OmeU

18.05. | 7:30pm
De France, Saal 1 | TICKETS
together with THE WEEL

© Jan Locus

The rise of mining in 2012 makes post-communist Mongolia the fastest growing economy in the world. However, the population itself benefits little from this booming industry. Moreover, climate change and overgrazing are leading to ever-expanding desertification. According to Mongolian shamanistic belief, violation of nature by men provokes the anger of the ruling spirits.

MASTERS OF THE LAND weaves spirituality and traditions into a visual portrait of the country and immerses the audience in an exhilarating finale. Texts by shaman Kyrgys Khurak and Hungarian poet Ferenc Juhasz cut the medium long shots.

Director: Jan Locus
Camera, Sound und Editing: Jan Locus
Assistance: Nomi Turmunkh
Audio Mix: Yves De Mey
Music: ‘Metrics’ by Yves De Mey Released by Opal Tapes
Assistant Editor and Title design: Desirée De Winter

2021, winner SIGNS AWARD, Festival internazionale Segni della Notte, Urbino (IT)
2021, winner Best Video Art, Hummingbird Film Festival (ID)

2021, World premiere at RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS/BERLIN Live streaming from Louvre auditorium, Paris (FR)
2021, Festival internazionale Segni della Notte, Urbino (IT)
2021, Underneath the Floorboards, Media Art/ Experimental Film, London (UK)
2021, Split Videoart Festival, Split (HR)
2021, Internationale Festival Zeichen der Nacht (Signes de Nuit), Berlin (DE)
2021, Festival ECRÃ, Rio de Janeiro (BR)
2021, Asolo Art Film Festival, Asolo (IT)
2021, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin,Haus der Kulturen der Welt,Berlin(DE)
2021, DOBRA – Int’l Experimental Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro (BR)
2021, FICBUEU Experimental Competition, Bueu, Pontevedra (ES)
2021, International Festival Signs of the Night (Signes de Nuit), Bangkok (TH)
2021, CROSSROADS film festival, San Francisco Cinematheque (US)
2021, Festival international Signes de Nuit, Paris (Fr)
2021, ANTIMATTER [Media Art], Victoria (CA)
2021, TRANÅS AT THE FRINGE International Screening of Experimental Films (SE)
2021, ISFFC International Short Film Festival Canton (CH)
2021, Hummingbird Film Festival (ID)
2021, Kinemastik International Short Film Festival (MA)
2021, Festival internacional Signos da Noite, Lisboa (PO)
2021, Swedenborg Film Festival, London (UK)

The long-term projects of photographer and filmmaker Jan Locus study the complexity of worldwide, socio-political issues. His books include Mongolia, De Bewegende Stad and Devoted. His films have been screened at IFFR Rotterdam (NL), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (DE), Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (FR/DE), Asolo Art Film Festival (IT), CROSSROADS, San Francisco Cinematheque (US), FICBUEU, Pontevedra (ES), ECRÃ, Rio de Janeiro (BR) and FIFA Montreal (CA) among others.