“Surrounding myself with women for this project was important to me. I know, for having worked as a production assistant for a few years, that the film industry is a male-dominated environment, and I wanted to allow women to take up positions that are traditionally held by men. Lots of women will also speak in front of the camera, so I wanted to set up a space where they would feel as comfortable as possible. Of course we do not wish to shut men out altogether, since the idea is also to involve them in the contraception issue.”Chloé
Introducing the crew
Charlotte Director of photography
Charlotte is both a director of photography and a videographer. She was trained at INSAS – Institut supérieur des arts du spectacle (Institute for Performing Arts) – in the image department and has worked as a director of photography for fiction short films as well as features. She also works as a camera assistant for various directors of photography. As of 2017, she joined the Cold Blood video crew, a “nanodance” show that is the brainchild of Michèle Anne De Mey, Jaco Van Dormael and the Kiss & Cry collective. Contemporary art is yet another one of her fields of activity as she works with a range of different artists.www.coupedecale.be
Jeanne Sound engineer
Jeanne graduated from IAD (Institut des arts de diffusion – Institute of Broadcast Arts) in 2007, where she was trained as a sound engineer. She is passionate about the radio medium because it gives her a freedom of action and of speech that are of great value to her. She created several audio documentaries such as Ino Vaovao Mada?, Los Santos, Terre noire and composed her first audio fiction with Maël Lagadec in 2017: La première fois que je suis devenue foule. This marks the beginning of a rather experimental period in which sound overshadows speech, as is reflected in her most recent works as well, Fragments from Africa or Avec le vent.www.jeannedebarsy.com
Chloé is a young director. She graduated from IHECS (Institut des hautes études en communications sociales - Institute for Advanced Studies in Mass Communications) and worked for over 5 years as a production assistant in the stand-up comedy and film industries. The last shooting she worked on was Kursk – a feature directed by Thomas Vinterberg, with Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth and Matthias Schoenaerts –, which ended in August 2017. Since then, she has dedicated all of her time to this personal project: a documentary entitled Flower of Life. In January 2019, she founded the non-profit organization “Femmes Prod”, co-producer of the movie.
Juliette Director of photography
Juliette was born in 1990 in Brussels and studied at INSAS (Institut supérieur des arts du spectacle – Institute for Performing Arts). She works as a director of photography and gained attention with Mon Ange, a feature that earned her the Best Cinematographer’s Debut award at Camerimage and was nominated for an ASC award. She also works for theaters and practices her skills live in SYLVIA by Fabrice Murgia or Cold Blood by Jaco Van Dormael, Michèle Anne de Mey and the Kiss & Cry collective.www.juliettevandormael.com
Coline Cornélis is an illustrator, DJ and project manager at Passa Porta, the international house of literature in Brussels. She draws small and big feelings alike in simple, almost naive lines. She did the artwork for the Zibaldone series by English musician Rupert Clervaux and recently brought out LLIM01, a mixtape where music, spoken word and drawing intertwine.www.colinecornelis.co
Director and illustrator of Slovak origin, Paula Hricovini, aka Paulynka, was born in France and came to Belgium to study film animation at ENSAV La Cambre (École nationale supérieure des arts visuels – National Institute for Visual Arts) in Brussels, from which she graduated with honors. Quite naturally, she then launched her freelance career as an animator and artistic director, developing her practice and her skills through numerous creative projects in advertising, for music videos and for various labels and agencies throughout Europe. In 2015, she co-founded Framekit Studio, a creative collective, with her animator colleague Anthony Sarrus. They worked on a great variety of projects together for about 3 years. Today, she is broadening her experience with Volstok, an animation studio based in Ghent.paulynka-hricovini.tumblr.com
FEMMES PROD non-profit organization
“Femmes Prod” is a non-profit organization that was founded in January 2019 and is the natural sequel to the movement that resulted from the documentary, Flower of Life.
It soon became clear that a whole array of other topics – as important and interesting as the contraception issue – gravitated around it and deserved deeper investigation. Feminism, eco-feminism, sorority, sexuality, sexual education, health and environment are some of the subjects that are intricately linked to our main topic and to which the organization intends on devoting time and energy.
Through various actions: talks (in schools or elsewhere), technical workshops, events, exhibitions, meetings, support to places, structures and collectives sharing the same message. Our goal is to raise awareness, inform and promote women’s role and place in society.