Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-YJohan Grimonprez

With this award-winning found footage film from 1997, Grimonprez made an unsettling foreshadowing of 9/11. With images from films, news reports, home movies and multiple archives, he delivers razor sharp commentary on sensationalism in the media, in light of the history of plane hijacking. 

The idealistic privateers of the 60s and 70s were truly curious people: strange guys seeking to get attention for their revolution and who took passengers hostage in the name of the people. A plane hijacking didn’t automatically mean fatal victims. But the more repressive the reaction of the state, the more sensational media coverage became and the more the hijackings escalated.  The romantic revolutionary became an anonymous bomber. Media coverage became more and more grim and explicit, journalists became disaster tourists, and we, watching from our couches, suffered the same fate.


De film wordt voorafgegaan door een kortfilm van Johan Grimonprez:

Three Thoughts on Terror [ with Robert Fisk, Jeremy Scahill & Vijay Prashad ]. 2018, 5min


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Artist in focus Johan Grimonprez

The rave international reviews of his latest film do not lie: Johan Grimonprez is renowned worldwide as a video artist who knows how to interweave exceptional visual material with a profound social analysis in a highly creative manner. His feature debut Dial H.I.S.T.O.R.Y had its world premiere in 1997 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and became a major festival hit. Double Take (2009), Shadow World (2016), Blue Orchids (2017) and Soundtrack to a Coup d'Etat (2024) each confirmed his unique talent. As Artist in Focus, DOCVILLE will show a compilation of his work and the director will bring a Master Talk to the festival.

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Directed by Johan Grimonprez
1997 68 min.
Subtitles: English


Artist in focus Johan Grimonprez


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