Photographer Lieve Blancquaert travels the world again, this time to show us the last days of our life. How we handle aging and death differs vastly around the world.
Lieve Blancquaert: “For us death might still be a taboo, but in a lot of cultures it is met with a laugh or even with a party.”
For eight episodes, Lieve will focus on life and its finality. When we dare look at death, we will find life. Last Days is an ode to that life. No doom and gloom, but surprising, beautiful and touching stories from all corners of the world.
Lieve discovers how she can become 100 years old on the Japanese island of Okinawa. She goes to Ghana where they compete with each other for the biggest and most expensive funerals. In Arizona she visits the kitschy senior village Sun City and in Sulawesi she follows up close how they dig and dress up the deceased. She throws a party alongside the dead on a graveyard in Mexico and ventures onto the stakes in India. She is inspired by stories from the old Cubans and takes a look behind the scenes of a big undertaker’s business back in the homeland.
Along with the TV series, Lieve will also publish a portfolio from Last Daysand – as was the case with Birth Day and Wedding Day – tour around Flanders with a theatre show about the series.
Last Days, starting 4thof September for 8 weeks on 20h40 on Eén.
Broadcasting Period: 2018