`We need people like Felix to survive,' an Armenian refugee says about his compatriot, who has just performed a heartrending song on a second-hand accordion in a caravan at an asylum seekers' centre in Overijssel. Wat mijn hart zingt (What My Heart Sings) deals with the importance of music for uprooted refugees in the Netherlands. The distressing stories of Chinese, Somalis, Afghans and Tibetans are obviously accompanied by their music that, complementing typically Dutch scenes, takes on a different tone. The rhythm of the film is determined by the composed editing and photography. Poignancy lies in simple images: the Somali singer who is celebrated at home sings about the impossibilities of life in a corridor that is lit by fluorescent lights, and a Chinese man greets the sea by doing a joyful dance in the surf.


Set geluid
Production company
Boom Film
TV company

Title: Wat mijn hart zingt
Year: 2003
Duration : 50 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2003

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