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"I would like to make prisoners human, but don't want to romanticize them"
- director Ingrid Kamerling in Trouw (Dutch newspaper) -

"Filmmaker was allowed to film three years in prison"
- Trouw (Dutch newspaper) -

"Fascinating documentary"
- Volkskrant (Dutch Newspaper) -

Filmmaker Ingrid Kamerling examines the relationship between prisoners and their care providers. Not only the prisoners show themselves vulnerable in this film, also their psychologists show their fears.

During rehearsals for a theater play - that prisoners and caregivers play together - based on the myth of Echo and Narcissus, the tension between the prisoners and caregivers is heightened. Which
parts of themselves do the patients show to their caregivers, and which parts don’t they show?

Sooner or later, this brings the staff members and patients closer together, accumulating in an emotional climax. Unlike the patients the staff members can walk out the doors afterwards and blow off steam at home. Who needs who more?

  • Ingrid Kamerling
  • Nienke Korthof
  • Willem Baptist
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    Documentary, Experimental
  • Genres:
    Psychology, Crime, Theatre, prison, healing, mental health, health
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2021
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  • Netherlands Film Festival, nomination Golden Calf
    October 1, 2022
    nomination Golden Calf Competition long documentary
  • Release Dutch Cinema's

    Screening in Dutch cinema's and organisations as a part of an impact campagne
  • World Film Carnival – Singapore, best feature documentary

    Award best feature documentary
  • Buddha Film Festival, best documentary

    August 10, 2022
    Award best documentary
  • Athvikvaruni International Film Festival, best feature documentary

    August 15, 2022
    Award best feature documentary
Director Biography - Ingrid Kamerling

Ingrid Kamerling (1981) is a Dutch independent documentary filmmaker and psychologist, famous from the moving poetic documentary VIVIAN VIVIAN.
Her debut film SOUNDS FOR MAZIN was proclaimed youth documentary of the year at the International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). It was selected for over 60 international film festivals and won 7 international awards. Her second film VIVIAN VIVIAN, about her sister who committed suicide, screened in 25 Dutch cinemas, was nominated
for the Golden Calf competition of the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) and won six awards at international film festivals. GRANNY AND CHRIS AND THE RED CAR, was part of the Golden Calf
Competition in 2019 and screened in Dutch Cinemas. After making the short documentary RESTLESS SOULS in 2020 (nominated for the Dutch Directors Guild award 2021) she kept filming the main characters, resulting in the feature documentary ECHO in 2021. Alongside ECHO, Ingrid made a documentary about three young people with psychosis: BLUE MONDAY. Both films premiered at the DUTCH FILM FESTIVAL and were in the running for the most important film prizes of The Netherlands; the Golden Calves.

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