Private Project

On Fathers

A short documentary about the importance of father involvement in the lives of young children. We follow two migrant fathers who try to find their way in a new city while guiding their children in life.

  • Alexander Decommere
    This No Land
  • Alexander Decommere
  • Nadia Merchiers
  • Abdulaziz Kouro
    Key Cast
  • Mhamed Bousekrane
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Over vaders
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 EUR
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  • Language:
    Arabic, Dutch, French
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Distribution Information
  • De Sloep vzw
    Country: Belgium
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Alexander Decommere

Alexander Decommere (33) is an independent film and theater director.

He graduated at the RITCS film school in Brussels in 2007 with the apocalyptic short film “Quietus”. Since then, he has directed two low-budget short films, two feature length documentaries and four theatrical plays, one which got him an award for best director (2013-14). In 2018, "This No Land" was Alexander’s first short film that got financial support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund. It was nominated Best Flemish Short Film at the Leuven International Short Film Festival.

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Director Statement

As a storyteller, I'm always drawn to personal stories and taboo themes that tell something about the world we live in today. Subjects that shed a light on our darker sides and the less explored corners of society. "On Fathers" was a beautiful chance for me to connect with war refugees - parents and children alike - who try to continue life in my home country of Belgium after having fled their destroyed homes and families years ago. The stories these people tell truly humble me ... and hopefully also the viewer.