This video (SONDER Part 1) we made stands as a symbol for the segregation between two races.The words that are used in this video, some of which originate front the colonial periode, show how they effect the real life experiences of these two races.
This video is made to make people conscious about the systematic and global inequality with a simplistic but strong contrast. The words used for the video are prejudices from and about both races and are, at the core, what’s unconsciously still separating these two races in the present.
During the making of this project we noticed that the majority of the approached white models systematically refused to participate. They did this because they either found the subject matter too heavy or they wanted nothing to do with it. On the contrary, the response from the approached black models was more positive as they saw the urgency to get the message of the project across. The message of the video plays a part in our gut feelings. However, because feelings are just that, the segregation between the two races is yet something of the past. Participating in a project with a message as such is the next step. Saying that the white models who refused to participate are against the message of this project is unjust. Still, this shows that the positions in which black and white models find themselves can be decisive for joining a process that goes against racial inequality.
This video (SONDER Part 3) is a paradox only if you believe it to be true. Because this video shows freedom of ethnicity and culture of minorities in society. The only way this paradox can be undone is for the present to be equal to this message.
This is the last video of a three part series. The three videos don’t have a chronological order, that means that the viewer determines what the conclusion of the series is and what meaning it holds with our society.
An interesting fact is that during the making of this film I’ve been arrested by 2 men of the marechaussee and 3 policemen for looking suspicious while shooting with a camera. A bit strange when you’re standing among many tourists with cameras on the most touristic place of The Hague. I am 19 years old and I’ve been arrested 5 times for looking suspicious. As a young men going through all this I can see how systematically I’m being accused and hindered for simple things I do.