Life can seem pretty overwhelming at times, particularly when you're growing up. And it’s not always easy to talk to your parents or friends about your problems. Fortunately, the “Kindertelefoon” (Child Helpline) in the Netherlands provides a listening ear. ”Listen” presents a cross-section of conversations between children and the Kindertelefoon.
One girl talks about being home alone virtually all week; another is sad because her parents are getting divorced. A boy in an asylum seekers’ center is worried about the future, while another one doesn’t want to be gay and hopes these feelings will pass. Every day, the Kindertelefoon takes calls like these from children who need someone to talk to. But children also call to talk about their pets, to practice their audition for The Voice Kids or to make pranks. Recordings of these phone conversations are accompanied by images that quite literally give color to them, and which beautifully reflect their tone – sometimes hilarious or naughty, but more often sad or heartrending.
Hasse van Nunen, Renko Douze / Een van de jongens
2017 – IDFA Amsterdam: Special Jury Award for Children’s Documentary
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