hold on to her

  • Runtime80 min
  • DirectorRobin Vanbesien
  • GenreDocumentary
  • Released2024

Robin Vanbesien’s hold on to her traces a lived social infrastructure of care, solidarity and struggle that addresses a recent case of police and state violence in the context of migration border control in Belgium.

In 2018, two year-old Mawda Shawri, daughter of Phrast and Shamden and sister to Hama, was shot dead by a Belgian police officer during a car chase on a central highway. In 2023, over 40 people, both undocumented and documented resident activists, assembled before the camera at La Voix des sans papiers in Brussels to stage a collective hearing of documents from and reactions to Mawda’s case. Together they produce the counter-forensic evidence of this deadly Channel crossing.


with | AÏSTA BAH | MARCUS BERGNER | THIERNO DIA | HENRIETTE ESSAMI-KHAULLOT | MIRRA MARKHAEVA | LÀZARA ROSELL ALBEAR | NAOMI VAN KLEEF | KHALED ZEAD

A film by ROBIN VANBESIEN

Producers STEVEN DHOEDT | ROBIN VANBESIEN

Director of Photography DIREN AGBABA | Editor ROBIN VANBESIEN | Sound design BORIS DEBACKERE | Mixing THOMAS FERRANDO | colourist LENNERT DE TAEYE | graphic designer GODA BUDVYTYTE

A VISUALANTICS production

a co-production with TIMELY | in collaboration with LA VOIX DES SANS PAPIERS BRUXELLES

supported by FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND (VAF) I THE TAX SHELTER OF THE BELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH FLANDERS TAX SHELTER| FLEMISH COMMUNITY COMMISSION (VGC) | ATELIER GRAPHOUI | ARTS CENTRE VIERNULVIER | SINT-LUCAS ANTWERP

screenings

in the media

DeMorgen | Lieven Trio

Vanbesien maakt niet gewoon een reconstructie van de zaak-Mawda, maar kiest voor een meer poëtische, menselijke benadering.

read the full article (in Dutch)

Berlinale | Press Office

hold on to her by Robin Vanbesien focuses on self-organisation in the fight against government misconduct.

read the full article
    • 2024
    • Berlinale Forum Expanded
    • World Premiere
  • Runtime80 min
  • DirectorRobin Vanbesien
  • GenreDocumentary
  • Released2024

in the media

DeMorgen | Lieven Trio

Vanbesien maakt niet gewoon een reconstructie van de zaak-Mawda, maar kiest voor een meer poëtische, menselijke benadering.

read the full article (in Dutch)

Berlinale | Press Office

hold on to her by Robin Vanbesien focuses on self-organisation in the fight against government misconduct.

read the full article