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9th DMZ Docs(2017)

I AM DOCU



King of Twirl

Xander de Boer

  • Netherlands
  • 2016
  • 17min
  • DCP
  • color

Asian Premiere

Synopsis

The King of Twirl’ is a 'dance-documentary' about the eleven year old Janero. Janero can not sit still, he's alway dancing. He wants to prove himself and be the best in twirl, a sport that's traditionally just for girls. Janero is the only boy of his age in Northern Netherlands who competes in this sport. It's a little weird to outsiders; a guy that practices with his 'baton' day and night. But Janero doesn't mind being the only boy in this sport. He want's to prove—for once and for all—that Twirl is not only a sport for girls.

Review

Can you do what you want to do like there are no obstacles at all? It is not easy to overcome the conventional gender role we were accustomed to, rather, raised to. ‘Janero’ is never concerned about those conventions. A boy falls in love with girls’ activity, traditional dance only girls can do with sticks. ‘Janero’ always dances. The dance is traditionally for girls, but ‘Janero’ who applied for the competition wants to be the best in the competition. Feeling unfamiliar looks from the others, ‘Janero’ continues practicing night and day, regardless of where he stays. Because that is what ‘Janero’ wants to be proved that he is the best. Slowing down Janero’s dance moves declares that the dance is not just for girls, and at the same time, shows a boy’s confidence clearing the convention. [Kim Sang-hwa]

Director

  • Xander de Boer

    Gezocht: Een Huis Voor Serayah (2015)Mijn Ding is Taal Zeg Maar Echt Niet (2013)In Stijl Dansen (2012)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerAlbert Klein Haneveld
  • Cinematography Pierre Resus
  • Editor Denise janzée
  • Sound Stefan de Groen, Chris Everts

Contribution & World Sales

Contribution & World Sales  Hollandse Helden

E-mail  albert@hollandsehelden.nl​