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Rabot

Rabot

Gent, 9000, Belgium

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About 'Rabot' evokes the life in a social housing block in the process of eviction and dismantlement. The characters all have one thing in common: they must move. A film about love, loneliness and poverty in the heart of Western society.
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Description 'Rabot' evokes life in the "Rabot" residential towers in Ghent, a social housing block in the process of eviction and dismantlement.

The film visualises the lives of its last remaining residents. The multitude of characters and fragmentary nature of the film afford the viewer a cross-section of life in a housing block. The characters all have one thing in common: they must move home. The block is about to disappear, and a familiar living environment for many along with it. Some are looking forward to their new abode, others have no desire to leave. 'Rabot' is about their hopes and fears, frustrations and desires, past and present.

Whilst some residents chose to live in Rabot voluntarily, the majority were assigned their apartments. Those unable to find a home elsewhere, landed one here. Ex-prisoners, drug addicts and psychiatric patients live cheek-to-cheek with the other residents.

Ultimately, the residents all depart and only their stories remain, secreted in the vacant apartment walls. Walls that perpetuate their history, yet are also set to disappear. It's the end of an era.

'Rabot' is a film about people and their building, about time and space. In 'Rabot', the residents’ individual stories become a universal narrative.
In a frame narrative about love, loneliness and poverty in the heart of Western society.