It is 1986. In the Nether­lands, the Indone­sian grandma Em is on her deathbed. But she does not want to leave before having spoken to her Amer­ican grand­daughter Barbie about some unsolved family mysteries.
It is 1986. In the Nether­lands, the Indone­sian grandma Em, the daughter of a German man and a Javanese mother, is on her deathbed. But grandma Em does not want to leave before having spoken to her Amer­ican grand­daughter Barbie about some unsolved family mysteries. In 1945, after the Japanese occu­pa­tion, freedom fighters declared Indonesia inde­pen­dent. In the following years, many people emigrated from the former Dutch colony to the Nether­lands. Most of them had never been here. Those unable to settle in went to other coun­tries, like the US. Such as Buddy, grandma Em’s son and Barbie’s father. Barbie, invari­ably with a ciga­rette in her mouth and a guitar on her back, comes to Holland to see her grandma, but other rela­tives want to prevent their meeting. All family members have their indi­vidual secrets. During Barbie’s compli­cated search for grandma Em, we hear Barbie’s sensi­tive guitar songs. The film also portrays the 1970s and 1980s, presented in flashbacks.

Title: Ver van familie
Year: 2008
Duration : 2 hours, 29 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2008

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