• Astrid Bussink
    • Netherlands
    • 2017
    • 15 min
    • IDFA School Program
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    Life can seem pretty overwhelming at times, particularly when you're growing up. And it’s not always easy to talk to your parents or friends about your problems. Fortunately, the “Kindertelefoon” (Child Helpline) in the Netherlands provides a listening ear. L I S T E N presents a cross-section of conversations between children and the Kindertelefoon. One girl talks about being home alone virtually all week; another’s sad because her parents are getting divorced. A boy in an asylum seekers’ center is worried about the future, while another boy doesn’t want to be gay and hopes these feelings will pass.

    Every day, the Kindertelefoon takes calls like these from children who want someone to talk to. But children also call to talk about their pets, to practice their audition for The Voice Kids or to make pranks. The recordings of these phone conversations are accompanied by images that quite literally give color to the conversations, and that beautifully reflect their tone—sometimes hilarious or naughty, but more often sad or heartrending.


    • 15 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Dutch
    Astrid Bussink
    Hasse van Nunen for Een van de jongens, Renko Douze for Een van de jongens
    Executive producer
    Merle Bemelmans for Een van de jongens, Britte Hermans
    Sander Roeleveld
    Amos Mulder
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