Wat mijn hart zingt

Arno Kranenborg Short documentary - 2003 - 50 min.

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`We need people like Felix to survive,' an Armenian refugee says about his compatriot, who has just performed a heartrending song on a second-hand accordion in a caravan at an asylum seekers' centre in Overijssel. Wat mijn hart zingt (What My Heart Sings) deals with the importance of music for uprooted refugees in the Netherlands. The distressing stories of Chinese, Somalis, Afghans and Tibetans are obviously accompanied by their music that, complementing typically Dutch scenes, takes on a different tone. The rhythm of the film is determined by the composed editing and photography. Poignancy lies in simple images: the Somali singer who is celebrated at home sings about the impossibilities of life in a corridor that is lit by fluorescent lights, and a Chinese man greets the sea by doing a joyful dance in the surf.

Credits

Director(s) Arno Kranenborg
Producer(s) Arno Kranenborg
Production Company
Boom Film
Director of Photography
Editing
Sound on Set
TV Company
Production Country
Netherlands