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In Flow of Words

Eliane Esther Bots (NL, 2021, Video, 22:28)

The first thing one probably thinks of when hearing the term translation is translating one language to another. This might seem not such a complicated thing, but translating brings with it quite some responsibilities. Eliane Esther Bots’ film focuses on what translating means to three interpreters who work at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. They have to play a part and are bound by the rules and professionalism of the courtroom. They talk about the emotions they feel and at the same time try to avoid it during work and about their responsibility of having to convey the words of other people. At the core of their job is being impartial and an observer. Yet these translators often share the same background as the victims, complicating this position.

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