A movie about the complex representations of the political conflict in Northern Ireland from the perspectives of three foreign visitors. After the peace agreement in 1998, tourism became a developing industry in Belfast. The city had to reconsider its public image. But how can a city with such a history of conflict, that isn't completely over yet, make itself attractive? And what role does the tourist have in the reorganization of this society?
Observations from the bedroom window, looking at daily life in the Dordtselaan, a street in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) that has come under heightened surveillance by the authorities due to its reputation as a crime hot-spot.
Film as Fossil creates a visual and auditive play with distance and doubling of gazes. The distance between sound and image, present and future, private and public, black and white, questions and answers. To bridge the distance we are invited to read new meaning into the material. A Fossil - something experienced in the past is hidden and deposited in the film. The memory of the video artist becomes the memory of Holland’s colonial past and in the end functions as an image of our own colonial gaze.