Like the Glitch of a Ghost

Paula Albuquerque
Netherlands, Portugal, 2023, 21 min


Researching at the Eye Filmmuseum archive, Paula Albuquerque found a piece of religious/medical propaganda from the 1950s. Shot in Suriname, the original footage was meant to show the supporting role that the Dutch settlers created for themselves, establishing a regime of indebtedness and justifying territorial dispossession and biopolitical power dynamics in former colonies. “Like the Glitch of a Ghost” is a fake double, which introduces a glitch that actualizes the archive through a problem and affirms the vital sovereignty of those who were depicted as subaltern.