Docu­men­tary portrait of friend­ship among resi­dents of the Wagen­straat in The Hague part of China­town, accom­mo­dating among others the Salva­tion Army, a mosque and a crisis centre for people with mental problems.
A portrait of friend­ship among resi­dents of the Wagen­straat in The Hague — one of two streets that make up China­town. Welcome in China­town’, reads a banner above the street, which accom­mo­dates, apart from several Chinese restau­rants, the Salva­tion Army, a mosque and the Ster­huis (a crisis centre for people with mental prob­lems). Director Marjoleine Boon­stra inter­views inhab­i­tants, sepa­rate from their envi­ron­ment, spotlit against a black back­drop, but she films them also at home and on the street. Their friend­ship primarily means help and support. As in the case of Joeri, a Tajik home­less news­paper seller, who helps 93-year-old Maria Bruynis once every three weeks with her heavy groceries. Or Elvis Tcheng, born in Taiwan, who despite his own mental prob­lems takes care of Rachel Gijzen­dorffen, a single mother with border­line person­ality. But friend­ship is not self-evident. 89-year-old Evert van Rooy cared for several friends until their death, but now he is all on his own.

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Title: Het sneeuwt vrienden
Year: 2005
Duration : 52 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2005

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