House of the Ballenesque

Year: 2017
Running time: 9:04 minutes

Roger Ballen revisits Arles in France after an absence of 15 years and transforms an abandoned house that he visited in 2012.  Join Roger on his rediscovery and allow your mind to be transformed.  The House of the Ballenesque is featured in Arles at Les Recontres de la Photographie until 24 September 2017

Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions

Year: 2016
Running time: 5:00 minutes

An animated theatre of dismembered people, beasts and ghosts, dance, tumble, make love and tear themselves apart, a nightmarish subconscious world, in black and white.

Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind

Year: 2016
Running time: 2:09 minutes

A psychological thriller set in a zone between sanity and insanity, dream and reality, the film takes Ballen’s work to the next level.

Roger Ballen’s Outland

Year: 2015
Running time: 4:49 minutes

Film maker Ben Jay Crossman takes us on a journey to the Outland to show us the mind inside the mind.

Roger Ballen’s Asylum of the Birds

Year: 2014
Running time: 6:22 minutes

To mark the publication of his long-awaited new monograph, Asylum of the Birds, photographer Roger Ballen, with director Ben Crossman, has produced this psychologically powerful, unforgettable film that follows Roger into a world synonymous with his photographs, as never before seen on film.

“I Fink U Freeky” by Die Antwoord

Year: 2012
Running time: 3:55 minutes

I Fink U Freeky is a music video which features a collaboration between Die Antwoord and Roger Ballen. Die Antwoord consists of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek, who have been together since 2008. They describe themselves as a “fresh, futuristic, flame-throw-flow-freeking zef rap rave krew from the dark dangerous depths of Afrika.”

Memento Mori

Year: 2005
Running time: 15 minutes

Memento Mori is a compelling visual experience that parallels Roger Ballens award-winning photography book Shadow Chamber. Filmed in a darkened space it is not clear whether we are encountering the insane, imprisoned or if we are in a fictional environment. The viewer is left guessing about this world and questioning their own psyche, the dark and even the lighter side.


Year: 1995
Running time: 24:23 minutes

Platteland, by photographer Roger Ballen, was born of the profound irony that despite the political privilege apartheid had bestowed on whites, in the physical heart of the land there is inescapable testimony to the failure of the regime even to secure the well-being of the privileged minority.


Year: 1986
Running time: 9:20 minutes

Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa, by photographer Roger Ballen, is about a part of “Old Africa” that is quickly disappearing.