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6th DMZ Docs(2014)

I AM DOCU



A Home for Lydia

Eline Helena SCHELLEKENS

  • The Netherlands
  • 2013
  • 17min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

Lydia wants to stay in Holland because she is born here, but her parents have to leave because they are from another country. To make sure they will not be found and sent back, the family has to keep moving, over and over again. Lydia’s made up songs tell the true: she is tired moving from school to school, leaving her friends behind. Lydia’s mother is from Cameroon, her father from Nigeria, but she and her brother were born in the Netherlands. None of them have a Dutch residence permit, and that's a concern for Lydia. What if her parents have to go back to their home countries? Who will she have to go with? Lydia is remarkably unreserved in front of the camera. She tells her story partly in the expressive and moving songs that she made in improvisation sessions with musician Sean de VRIES. She sings in Dutch, providing her own accompaniment on harmonica – although her dance steps and rhythms betray her African heritage.

Review

Director

  • Eline Helena SCHELLEKENS

    She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2007 and organized the exposition ART/HOUSE in the Filmhuis in Den Hague in 2009. Amadou, a film she made as a student, was nominated for the Ijzeren Haring at the Leids Film Festival and was shown at the Anemic Film Festival in Prague, at the Student Film Festival in Melbourne and at the breaking Ground Festival. A Home for Lydia (2013) To protect your safety Twentyseven Daar is het beter Amadou​ 

Credit

  • ProducerFrauke van BEUSEKOM
  • Cinematography Ernst HERSTEL
  • Editor Patrick SCHONEWILLE
  • Music Sean VRIES
  • Sound Richard WILDER

Contact

Contact   KRO Youth

Tel  31 35 671 3375

E-mail  Frauke.vanbeusekom@kro-ncrv.nl​