Het sneeuwt vrienden

Marjoleine Boonstra Short documentary - 2005 - 52 min.

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A portrait of friendship among residents of the Wagenstraat in The Hague - one of two streets that make up Chinatown. `Welcome in Chinatown', reads a banner above the street, which accommodates, apart from several Chinese restaurants, the Salvation Army, a mosque and the Sterhuis (a crisis centre for people with mental problems). Director Marjoleine Boonstra interviews inhabitants, separate from their environment, spotlit against a black backdrop, but she films them also at home and on the street. Their friendship primarily means help and support. As in the case of Joeri, a Tajik homeless newspaper seller, who helps 93-year-old Maria Bruynis once every three weeks with her heavy groceries. Or Elvis Tcheng, born in Taiwan, who despite his own mental problems takes care of Rachel Gijzendorffen, a single mother with borderline personality. But friendship is not self-evident. 89-year-old Evert van Rooy cared for several friends until their death, but now he is all on his own.

Credits

Director(s) Marjoleine Boonstra
Producer(s) Human
Production Company Human
Director of Photography
Editing
Menno Boerema
Sound Design
Sound on Set
TV Company
Production Country
Netherlands