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Neighbour Abdi
(Buurman Abdi)

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Synopsis

English

How can you understand a violent past? Somali-born Abdi is a furniture designer and support worker. He reenacts his life, marked by war and criminality, with the help of his neighbour and filmmaker Douwe. Through playful reconstructions in a special effects studio, Abdi and Douwe embark on a candid and investigative journey through a painful history, focusing on the creative process throughout.

Italiano

Come si può comprendere un passato marcato dalla violenza? Abdi è un designer di mobili di origini somale. Con l'aiuto del suo vicino, il regista Douwe, Abdi ripercorre alcuni episodi della sua vita, fra guerra e criminalità. In uno studio di effetti speciali, Abdi e Douwe ricostruiscono i momenti di un passato doloroso, trovando leggerezza nel dolore e concentrandosi sul processo creativo del documentario.

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Douwe Dijkstra

Short Film | Documentary

28' 41''

Netherlands

2022

Dutch | Somali

English | Italian

Abdiwahab Ali | Sharif Nuur | Ahmed Dualeh | Mohamed Teeri | Saed Dualeh | Mohammed Mohamud | Henk Kinket

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Richard Valk

Zen Movie | Square Eyes

Douwe Dijkstra | Abdiwahab Ali

Douwe Dijkstra

Douwe Dijkstra

Rob Peters

Rob Peters

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Selections & Awards

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LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL (SWITZERLAND)

OSCAR® & EFA qualifying festival

Winner of PARDINO D'ARGENTO SRG SSR

CLERMONT-FERRAND INT. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (FRANCE)

OSCAR® & EFA qualifying festival

Douwe Dijkstra - Abdi

Douwe Dijkstra

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Biography

English

Douwe Dijkstra (1984) is a filmmaker and visual artist from the Netherlands. He studied Illustration Design at the ArtEZ University of the Arts. His work is a mixture of video, animation and VFX, and can be described as both humorous and socially engaged. His projects range from short films and documentaries to video installations and theatre performances. His latest documentary, "Neighbour Abdi" (2022), won the Pardino D'argento award at the Locarno Film Festival.

Italiano

Douwe Dijkstra (1984) è un regista ed artista VFX olandese. Ha studiato Design dell'Illustrazione presso l'Università delle Arti ArtEZ. Le sue opere sono una combinazione di fiction, animazione ed effetti speciali; confondendo i confini fra commedia e opere sociali. I suoi progetti comprendono cortometraggi, documentari, installazioni video ed opere teatrali. Il suo ultimo cortometraggio, "Neighbour Abdi" (2022), ha ottenuto il premio Pardino D'argento al Festival di Locarno.

Filmography

NEIGHBOUR ABDI

(2022 | short film)

EINE SEKUNDE IN FRANKLI

(2022 | short film)

GREEN SCREEN GRINGO

(2016 | short film)

VOOR FILM / SUPPORTING FILM

(2015 | short film)

DEMONTABLE

(2014 | short film)

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