Works: Sarah Vanhee

The Making of Justice

The Making of Justice is a movie about seven prisoners working on the scenario for a crime film together with Sarah Vanhee. Like the main character in the film they are making up, they are all guilty of murder. To shape the story, they draw on their own experiences, ideas and desires. We, the viewers, can only guess whether they are using fiction as a means of confirming, transcending or transforming their present situation. In the course of the film they discuss criminality as a parallel reality, what the nature of justice is, and what a society would be like if it was oriented towards healing rather than retribution. ‘The justice system is not synonymous with justice itself. The justice system means the application of rules, but justice is a human capacity’, says one of the men. The image of ‘the criminal’ is always elusive, both in terms of form (because the lens always remains out of focus) and content, because the authors and their character appear first as people and only then as offenders.

The Making of Justice was shown at BUDA (Kortrijk, BE), OPEK (Leuven, BE), Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), STUK (Leuven, BE), Theater Aan Zee (Oostende, BE), HAU (Berlin, DE), Idem Festival (Madrid), Noorderzon Festival (Groningen, NL), Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Jihlava, CZ), Every Body’s Spectacular (Reykjavik, IS), Push Festival (Vancouver, CA), BAK (Utrecht), Argos (Brussel), Catedra Bergman – UNAM, Mexico City (MX), Transforming Leeds@Barbican Center, London (UK), among many other venues.


Direction: Sarah Vanhee Camera: Fairuz Editing: Jan De Coster Sound recording and mix: Kwinten Van Laethem Transcription: Sabien Van Moorter Translation: Patrick Lennon Production: Sarah Vanhee & Manyone vzw Co-production: Kunstencentrum BUDA Thanks to: Bart Schoovaerts, Kevin De Coster, Marie Logie, Kristof Jonckheere, Agnes Quackels, Franky Devos, Berno Odo Polzer, Francis van Remoortel, Marika Ingels, Sarah Vanagt, Christine de Smedt, Pieter-Paul Mortier, Susanne Weck, Mette Edvardsen Special thanks to: the seven participants