Homeliness

Genre Documentary
Year 2018
Length 15 min
Country The Netherlands
Language Dutch
Subtitles English
Director Marijn van der Ploeg
Producer KamerFilm
Camera Younes Laaguidi
Editor Marijn van der Ploeg
Sound Jonatan Blankenstein
Color Laurent Fluttert
Poster Adrien Borderie

In a world that becomes more global it seems that the concept of feeling at home is getting more focus in the Netherlands. Dutch politicians are trying to define some kind of generic Dutch emotion of feeling at home and to protect this emotion against newcomers.

One morning I heard water dripping in the bedroom of my apartment. Suddenly I realize that I might have to move again. Thinking I could feel at home anywhere, I expected it to be as usual. But this time my 'home feeling' doesn’t return and I don’t understand why.

The stories of Maik, Sandra and Jetke help me searching for the meaning of home. Maik is living in the Netherlands since 3 years after he was forced to leave his home country Syria. What does a new home mean to him? Sandra grew up in the neighborhood Crooswijk and still lives there today. How does she look at her home? My sister Jetke and I shared the same childhood, but to my surprise she has a completely different experience of feeling at home.

The more I search, the more intangible and indefinable the feeling of home seems to be. It feels like we are all searching.