IDFA Junior: Middag
The IDFA Junior afternoon special for children of 12 years and older, screening the youth documentary Shabu and the classic Father wanted: with a Piggy Nose. With special guests and activities. Please note: this program is in Dutch. Tickets are €8,50.
Father Wanted: With a Piggy Nose (Annelies Kruk, NL 2012) (17 min.)
She got her eyes and smile from her mother. Did she get her upturned nose from her father? No one who knows the answer, because 13-year-old Jaël is the child of an anonymous donor. She'll be allowed to make contact with him when she turns 16, but she doesn't want to wait that long - Jaël wants to know right now who her father is. While she's waiting, she shares with us her fantasy father - imagine John Travolta with a stubbly beard - and she explains why she wants so much to meet him. "The most important thing to me is recognition."
Close-ups of Jaël and short conversations with her mother on the couch are intercut with dreamy shots of the teenager outside playing with her dog in the grass. Director Annelies Kruk doesn't seek out the potentially darker issues, but focuses on the teenager's excited sense of anticipation. She uses light music to create a fairytale atmosphere, and Jaël's endearing smile is never absent for long. Hurry up Dad, with your piggy nose.
This film was shown at IDFA 2012 and is part of of the IDFA Junior program.
Shabu (Shamira Raphaëla, NL/BE 2021) (75 min.)
Fourteen-year-old Shabu is a good-natured, creative, and street-smart boy from the south of Rotterdam. When he wrecks his grandmother’s car on a joyride, his whole family is angry with him. He has a summer to make amends before his grandmother returns from a vacation in Suriname.
His mother suggests he should sell popsicles to pay for the damage, but that would hardly get him very far. So he comes up with another solution which will allow him to combine moneymaking with his musical talent and the pleasures of a sultry summer. Will he succeed in making his family—and in particular his grandmother—proud of him again?
“I'm a little boy from Peperklip” is how Shabu describes himself, referring to the famous (and infamous) building in the south of Rotterdam where he grew up. The film’s vibrant story and playful editing accentuate the contradictions of teenage life: unpolished when life is tough, and buffed up when it needs to shine. A funny and touching film about a boy who looks bigger than he is, and about taking responsibility for your actions.
Documentary lovers, keep November 17 to 28 free in your calendar. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam presents its 34th edition in cinemas throughout Amsterdam, including several special programs in Eye.