Het zwijgen - Man-kind

David Blitz Short documentary - 2001 - 35 min.

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Short documentary on Tobias Breekveldt who was sexually abused in his childhood. Breekveldt, now thirty, still has to learn to cope with his memories of the fear he felt back then and with his feelings of anguish and rage today.

The title Man-kind (Man-Child) is taken from a poem that was written and is read by Tobias Breekveldt. It is addressed at a man by whom Breekveldt was sexually abused in his childhood, during his annual stay with the circus. Breekveldt, now thirty, still has to learn to cope with his memories of the fear he felt back then and with his feelings of anguish and rage today. In one-on-one conversations with a friend and his mother, it is obvious how vulnerable he is - despite his eloquence. Director David Blitz, also a victim of child abuse, contrasts these highly intimate images with scenes of a concert, at which the singer Breekveldt, extroverted and happy, is entertaining a large hall with an enthusiastic audience. By showing Breekveldt's strength, courage and his weaknesses, Blitz wants to break the taboo that prevents boys from talking about their being abused.

Credits

Director(s) David Blitz
Script David Blitz
Producer(s) Jan Heijs
Ruud Monster
Wouter F.A. Snip
Production Company
Director of Photography
Marc Tromp
Editing
Mixing
Sound on Set
Tom d' Angremond
Pander Roskam
Fokke van Saane
Christien van Roon
TV Company
Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands