Masks have become our ultimate weapon of protest, international symbols of actions against power structures. An individual can be defeated or corrupted, but not an idea. Thanks to the mask, the individual can become the idea. Wearing a mask is a carnivalesque strategy. Carnival is a ritual, temporarily dismantling social and political regimes, suspending norms and values. But after this limited period of allowed disorder and change, the order is restored.
So the question arises: does the current wave of protests serve as an illusion of a carnival? Or are all these masks surrounding us a precursor to an actual revolution? To Each His Own Mask is a challenging and visually arresting documentary by filmmaker and visual artist Tine Guns.
Director: Tine Guns
Producers: Animal Tank
Writers: Tine Guns