Naomi's Secret

    • Saskia Gubbels
    • Netherlands, The
    • 2016
    • 15 min


    For the first time ever, Naomi is taking her best friend Sam to see her mother. It’s an anxious time, because her mother has psychotic episodes. This optimistic and loyal 17-year-old visits the locked institution where her mother is undergoing treatment. In affectionate tones, Naomi explains that her mother also uses drugs in addition to being psychotic. It gradually becomes clear that the situation has had a considerable impact on the young woman’s life. When we see her going through old photos with her aunt, we discover that Naomi has been living with her since the age of five. Most of the photos and old films recall the good times. The one time that Naomi talks about a negative experience, it’s accompanied by a frightening animation in dark monochrome. Now she has decided not to be ashamed of her background anymore. This film is a testimony to hope and love, and a sincere portrait of the strong young woman that Naomi has become thanks to the unconditional support of the people around her.


    • 15 min
    • color
    • DCP
    Screening copy
    Selfmade Films
    Distribution for the Netherlands
    Selfmade Films
    World Sales
    Selfmade Films
    Saskia Gubbels
    Myrthe Mosterman
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