COMMON GROUND: Daphne van den Blink

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‘Douglas 130! Beech 80!’ The cry echoes through the Arboretum of Tervuren, Brussels. Over 100 years ago trees migrated from all over the world to Belgium. Victoria Kabarozi migrated to Brussels ten years ago. Her parents had sent her to Europe to study. She is Ugandan by birth, American by her upbringing in Washington D.C. Her son Aaron was born here, after her studies in Tourism. Since Victoria didn’t find a job soon enough, she lost her right to reside in Belgium.

Trees relocate, Victoria and Aaron are moving. We move along with them, searching for solid ground where we can remain.

Belgium
23 min, colour & b/w, english
directed by: Daphne van den Blink