We Will Remember Them
By the end of WWI, Ypres and its surroundings were completely wiped off the map. Thanks to German reparations money, Ypres would rise from its dust and rubble as a symbol of rebirth amidst the numerous graveyards replete with fallen soldiers.
The Last Post has resounded every evening ever since 1928, and Ypres became a centre to commemorate the First World War, the fallen soldiers, reflect about war and peace.
At the same time, Ypres is welcoming more tourists year after year, engaging a whole tourist industry, which does rise the question if Ypres itself not become the victim of its own success? Has it not morphed into some kind of ‘Remembrance Disneyland’, trampled on and groped by the roving feet and hands of the droves of remembrance tourists?
The film wanders around the thin line between serene commemoration and the remembrance industrialisation. We Will Remember Them is a poetic interpretation of the everyday dynamics generated by Great War remembrance in and around Ypres.
Grâce à la rigueur de son cadre, la durée juste des plans qui le composent, We Will Remember Them offre une méditation parfois mordante sur la manière dont les hommes transforment la mémoire de "l'Histoire avec sa grande hache" en parc d'attraction touristique. - Film-Documentair.fr
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Annabel Verbeke (1987, Belgium) graduated Cum Laude at RITCS Film School in Brussels in 2010. Her graduation film “Les enfants de la mer/mère” won 8 international awards and was selected by more than 20 international film festivals. Her first feature length documentary “We will remember them”, was closing film of Visions du Réel 2019 and the most viewed documentary on Belgian broadcaster VRT-Canvas. Annabel likes to explore humanity in her work, telling strong and relevant stories from individual characters, stories that reflect on ourselves and the society were living in. Annabel is interested in strong and personal stories facing different challenges in their search for work. Stories that make blow some fresh air in the current social debate.
Currently Annabel Verbeke is directing an episode of the Borderline series and coordinating director of the project T(w)o Work.
written & directed by
Director of photography
Vision du Réel, 2019 - Closing film
Byron Bay International Film Festival, 2019
Dumbo International Film Festival, 2019
Buenos Aires International Film Festival, 2020
Best watched documentary film in 2019 on Belgian broadcaster VRT-Canvas
Nominated for the Ensor Best Feature length Documentary 2019
an Off World production
in coproduction with
with the support from
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF|Film)
the Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter