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Director: Mirjam Marks
In this feel-good documentary, five boys from a working-class neighbourhood in Rotterdam prove that friendship is more important than differences in descent. In the port area, they spend all their free time together: deeds, not polarising words!
Max, Emre, Yash, David and Hilson are friends who go to the same school. They were all born in the Netherlands, but by descent they are Dutch, Turkish, Surinam, Syrian and Chinese. They live in Heijplaat, a neighbourhood that was once constructed, as loosely scattered historic footage shows, for the dock workers. But there is not much entertainment for children. Therefore, their friendship is very important to the five kids. This group portrait shows how they live in this mini-society, with all its differences in culture and religion. In times of polarisation, these boys go for each other. And between the seagoing vessels and containers, they find a huge playground.


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Title: Heijplaters
Year: 2018
Duration : 16 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2018

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