Dutch production house Een van de jongens (English: One of the boys) is having a stellar IDFA, with two films in the Kids & Docs competition (L I S T E N and Andy’s Promise); Hello Salaam in IDFA Junior; the five-part series Nettiquette world-premiering in the Schools Program and feature-length doc The Bastard in Docs for Sale.
The 15-minute L I S T E N directed by Astrid Bussink presents a cross-section of conversations between children and the Dutch Child Line service, accompanied by images that give colour to the conversations and reflect their tone. In Nathalie Crum’s Andy’s Promise, a thirteen-year-old boy makes a promise to his grandfather and mother – never to abandon the local traditional ‘militia’ organisation, which was their pride and joy. Kim Brand’s Hello Salaam was selected for DOK Leipzig official selection, won 2nd Jury Prize at Chicago and was nominated for the ECFA Youth Doc Award. In the five-part series Nettiquette, filmmaker Mea Dols de Jong explores where the rules of social media derive from. The Bastard, directed by Floris-Jan van Luyn, and currently in post-production, tells of Ethiopian murder convict Damiel, whose story (and that of his father) turns out to be a harrowing tale of destiny and DNA, racism and responsibilities.
“We believe youth documentary is very important,” stresses producer Hasse van Nunen. “Over the years we’ve been specializing in the sector (although the company is producing adult-themed feature docs in the form of The Bastard and Tom Fassaert’s new doc A Beautiful Stranger). It’s great fun making them and it’s important we show children not just cartoons or vlogs, but more about the real world. We take youth documentary as seriously as feature length documentary … but if we were to only focus on youth documentaries then we couldn’t pay the bills.”