Surya, from eloquence to dawn

76 min. – 35mm and Digital Betacam – DTS stereo - 2006
Multilingual. English, French, Dutch versions.

Filmed by: Florence Aigner and Laurent Van Lancker
Edited by Rudi Maerten
Soundscapes: Christian Coppin
Directed by: Laurent Van Lancker
Story and performance: Ilse Wijnen, Michèle Nguyen, Vlasta Pistova, Babazula, Rasheed El Hallak, Hasan Mirza Ali, Ritu Verma, Hari Gandava, Ganesh Gandhari, Tek Gayak, Gumbo, Nguyen Tuyet Minh.

Produced by Polymorfilms,
in co-production with Atelier Graphoui,

with the support of the Belgian Development Cooperation – DGDC, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds – VAF, and Centre du cinema et de l’audiovisuel de la communauté française de belgique et des télédistributeurs wallons.



Once upon a journey, ten contemporary storytellers of different cultures create an imaginary epic story. They each draw on their own style and own language to prolong the life of a nameless hero. The aromas of cultures, the taste of words and the perfume of travelling carry us from one storyteller to the next.

Like an epic story, this film oscillates between imagination and reality, the inner world and the outside world, documentary and fiction.

An ode to orality.

This impressionistic film is the outcome of an overland odyssey by public transport from dusk to dawn, through Europe and Asia (Belgium, Slovakia, Turkey, Syria, Kurdistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Vietnam). An audio-visual performance where imagination and creativity travel across borders.