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Why we fight?

Directed by Mirjam Devriendt & Alain Platel, 2022

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Creative documentary, Belgium


WHY WE FIGHT? is a cinematographic film that tries to understand the violence around us, but also within ourselves, in order to better cope with the world today.

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Now available on VOD:
in Belgium on Dalton.be (NL)
worldwide on Vimeo (ENG)

Read about our impact campaign in collaboration with Filmpact here. Dutch only.


“an impressive film”

De Standaard

“an intimate mix of violence and extreme tenderness”

La Libre Belgique

“a complex and visually stunning feature documentary”

Business Doc Europe

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Written and directed by Mirjam Devriendt & Alain Platel

Inspired by the dance performance Nicht Schlafen by Alain Platel

Editor Dieter Diependaele

DOP Mirjam Devriendt

Sound Jean-François Levillain

Composer Steven Prengels

Poster image by Chris Van der Burght

Producer Emmy Oost

Co-producers Christian Beetz & Tuan Lam, Gebrueder Beetz (DE) & Onomatopee Films (BE)

In co-production with ZDF in association with ARTE, VRT Canvas, RTBF Télévision belge – Unité Documentaire

With the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Creative Europe MEDIA of the European Union, The Pascal Decroos Fund, City of Ghent, Culture Ghent, The Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government via Flanders Tax Shelter, The Corona Emergency Fund of the Flanders Government


Audience Award for Best Documentary Cinedans

Award Best Documentary InShadow - Lisbon Screendance Festival

Bronze Award - Performing Arts New York Festivals TV and Film Awards


The Dancescreen 2019 Pitching Sessions (DE)

Venice Gap-Financing Market (IT) September 2020

CPH:FORUM (DK) March 2020

IMZ Pitching Sessions at Avant Première - Berlinale (DE) February 2020

Reconnext 2020 (BE)

Film Fest Gent (BE) world premiere

DOK.fest München (DE)

SIDance / Seoul International Dance Festival (KR)

Cinedans (NL)

ZED Festival Internazionale di Videodanza (IT)

On Art - Dance & Music (PL)

InShadow - Lisbon Screendance Festival (PT) International Documentary Competition

Festival van de Gelijkheid (BE)

Marche Teatro / Festival Inteatro (IT)

Choreoscope Barcelona Dance Film Festival (ESP)

ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival (AUT)

Kunstenfestival Watou (BE)

Beyond Borders Festival (GR)

Jumping Frames (HK)

Bratislava in motion festival (SK)

Brussels Dance Festival (BE)

Dance On Screen, Cinedans TOUR (CH)

New York Festivals TV and Film Awards (US)