The empty nest syndrome also works the other way around: What does it feel like for a child to leave his or her parent(s) behind? The filmmaker examines this in two ways: completing the academy is also leaving a nest. De Jong puts her father and mother in front of the camera and asks questions. By explicitly playing with directions, the documentary forms an intriguing mix of fact and fiction that reality effortlessly shatters.


Set geluid
Sound editing
Sound Design
Production company
Nederlandse Filmacademie

Title: If Mama Ain't Happy, Nobody's Happy
Year: 2014
Duration : 25 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2014

Gouden Kalf nominees

Other awards

Filmproducenten Nederland Award (2014)
Filmproducenten Nederland Award (2014)

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