By The Throat

2021 | documentary / essay-film | 78’ | AR, EN, HE, TIB, AL, DE, NL

Starting with what seems to be a trivial security check procedure at the entrance to the Tel Aviv airport, By The Throat explores of a more deeply engraved border, albeit an invisible one, a border that marks our oral cavity and defines the sounds and words we can pronounce. We carry with us these limits, created by our mother-tongue, becoming ourselves a mobile check-point, wherever we are.
Combining filmed testimonies, found footage, youtube clips and medical imagery, the film moves through sonic, anatomical and political territories and explores how language and pronunciation are used to define, categorise and control.
By visiting various manifestations of Shibboleth - a language test aimed to determine group belonging – known from biblical times and reaching nowadays language tests in asylum request procedure in Europe, it questions our desire of identification and definitions.

 

Starting with what seems to be a trivial security check procedure at the entrance to the Tel Aviv airport, By The Throat explores of a more deeply engraved border, albeit an invisible one, a border that marks our oral cavity and defines the sounds and words we can pronounce. We carry with us these limits, created by our mother-tongue, becoming ourselves a mobile check-point, wherever we are.
Combining filmed testimonies, found footage, youtube clips and medical imagery, the film moves through sonic, anatomical and political territories and explores how language and pronunciation are used to define, categorise and control.
By visiting various manifestations of Shibboleth - a language test aimed to determine group belonging – known from biblical times and reaching nowadays language tests in asylum request procedure in Europe, it questions our desire of identification and definitions.

 

"Through a journey encompassing rigorous research and a multitude of perspectives that together form a unique cinematic language, this important and innovative film offers an original take on a pertinent contemporary issue. Foregrounding our ability to speak and how this can be used against us, the makers of this work manage to create its own distinct voice. In other words, this film grabbed us by the throat."
Jury justification - Artistic Vision Award - Depth of Field Competition, DocAviv Festival

"Through a journey encompassing rigorous research and a multitude of perspectives that together form a unique cinematic language, this important and innovative film offers an original take on a pertinent contemporary issue. Foregrounding our ability to speak and how this can be used against us, the makers of this work manage to create its own distinct voice. In other words, this film grabbed us by the throat."
Jury justification - Artistic Vision Award - Depth of Field Competition, DocAviv Festival

Original Music | Thomas Myrmel

Voice | Vittoria Soddu

With | Ameer Jbara
     Robin Van Royen
     Mark Phelan
     Max Colonne
     Dorina Ferrici
     Tapa Rietsang
     Tina Cambier-Langeveld
     Maaike Verrips
     Anna Biselli
     Peter Patrick
     Rechela
     Eyal Sivan

Camera | Effi & Amir

Sound recording | Gedeon de Pauw
             Kwinten Van Laethem
             Farhad Katrahmani
             Lancelot Hervé Mignucci
             Joel Cahen
             Ilona Stutz
             Guido Righi
            
Editing | Simon Arazi
             Effi & Amir
Sound editing |
Kwinten Van Laethem

Mix | Rémi Gérard

Colour Grading | Miléna Trivier

Research assistance and coordination |

ARP:Brussels – Katrien Reist, Julia Reist

Ian Templeton

Roula Daoud

Diana Malaj

Julie Pfleiderer

 

Scientific advice and collaboration:


Prof. Bernard Harmegnies - Institut de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies du Langage, Université de Mons,

Professor Jo Verhoeven - City University of London & Antwerp University,

Naomi Miller - Antwerp University

Dr. Peter Knopp - Department of Phonetics, University of Trier

Judith Manzoni-Luxenburger - Department of Phonetics, University of Trier

Prof. Peter L. Patrick - University of Essex,

Dr Kevin Nolan - School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University College Dublin

Björn Doumen – Speech therapist

Katrien Eerdekens – Speech and Voice therapist, Logo+ clinic

Alain Lechien - Institut de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies du Langage, Université de Mons,

de Taalstudio, Amsterdam

 

 

Original Music | Thomas Myrmel

Voice | Vittoria Soddu

With | Ameer Jbara
     Robin Van Royen
     Mark Phelan
     Max Colonne
     Dorina Ferrici
     Tapa Rietsang
     Tina Cambier-Langeveld
     Maaike Verrips
     Anna Biselli
     Peter Patrick
     Rechela
     Eyal Sivan

Camera | Effi & Amir

Sound recording | Gedeon de Pauw
             Kwinten Van Laethem
             Farhad Katrahmani
             Lancelot Hervé Mignucci
             Joel Cahen
             Ilona Stutz
             Guido Righi
            
Editing | Simon Arazi
             Effi & Amir
Sound editing |
Kwinten Van Laethem

Mix | Rémi Gérard

Colour Grading | Miléna Trivier

Research assistance and coordination |

ARP:Brussels – Katrien Reist, Julia Reist

Ian Templeton

Roula Daoud

Diana Malaj

Julie Pfleiderer

 

Scientific advice and collaboration:


Prof. Bernard Harmegnies - Institut de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies du Langage, Université de Mons,

Professor Jo Verhoeven - City University of London & Antwerp University,

Naomi Miller - Antwerp University

Dr. Peter Knopp - Department of Phonetics, University of Trier

Judith Manzoni-Luxenburger - Department of Phonetics, University of Trier

Prof. Peter L. Patrick - University of Essex,

Dr Kevin Nolan - School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University College Dublin

Björn Doumen – Speech therapist

Katrien Eerdekens – Speech and Voice therapist, Logo+ clinic

Alain Lechien - Institut de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies du Langage, Université de Mons,

de Taalstudio, Amsterdam