Sober depic­tion of the work of the company welfare depart­ment of the Ministry of Defence, that informs surviving rela­tives about the death of soldiers on a mission.

Twenty-five Dutch soldiers were killed during their mission in Uruzgan. Other missions followed. It is the task of the company welfare depart­ment of the Ministry of Defence to be the first to inform rela­tives when their son, daughter, brother or sister has perished. After Uruzgan, the depart­ment has only expanded. Robert Oey talks to a number of staff members about the sensi­tive but essen­tial task of conveying the bad news as care­fully as possible. Surviving rela­tives explain how they expe­ri­enced that deci­sive moment and the loss of their loved ones. Oey does not want to ques­tion the mission as such and never moralises. With due equa­nimity, he regis­ters deeply personal expe­ri­ences, together consti­tuting an inti­mate requiem for the fallen.


Executive producer
Sound Design
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
Human TV
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Gesneuveld
Year: 2012
Duration : 1 hour, 32 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2012

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