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Esther Pardijs Short documentary - 2019 - 56 min.

Gouden Kalf-nominatie

Beste Korte Documentaire Esther Pardijs

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What if your child turns out to be a sports talent and at an early age ends up in a world full of expectations, stress, disappointments and sacrifices – just like yourself? Personal documentary about a complex pedagogical paradox.

Intimate documentary in which the director observes her gifted nine-year-old son and the way she guides him in the world of gymnastics. She also follows other parents who are in the same top-sport boat, and points the camera at the coach. How do you best support a child, while being a parent and instinctively struggling with the same expectations, stress and disappointments? On the one hand, parents hope their child will excel, but on the other they primarily want a happy child and successes are ‘really’ less important.

Credits

Director(s) Esther Pardijs
Producer(s) Wout Conijn
Production Company
Director of Photography
Editing
Ralf Verbeek
Sound Design
Sound Editor
Sound on Set
Music
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Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands