My Father

Documentary Series
award, dementia, transsexual
9 x 8'
Jack Valkering
VPRO Television and NL Film and TV
Award
BANFF Rockie Award Best Youth Series Non Fiction and a BANFF Rockie Award Best Kids & Animation and PRIX JEUNESSE Heart Prize
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In this series we follow nine children, and each of them is living with a father or mother with a special story. We meet with the nine-year-old Marit who shows us what it’s like to have a father (55) who does not recognize her anymore, due to the fact that he suffers from dementia.In another episode the viewer follows Roy (10) who explains to us why he loves his father so much, also as a mother, since his dad is on the verge of having a sex operation. And we get to know Dimitri (10) who deals with a live without his father, who has gone missing five years ago and they haven’t heard from him since. This is only a selection of three remarkable stories.

My father suffers from dementia
In this episode Marit (9) shows us what it’s like to have a father (55) who does not recognize you anymore. Her father does not live at home, so that’s why she has a candle in the living room. The candle symbolizes her father and she lights it every day when she comes home from school. Every other day she visits her father in the nursing home. She makes his lunch and feeds him. Communicating with him is difficult but that doesn’t mean she loves him any less.

My father is a transsexual
In this episode Roy (10) introduces his father and explains to us why he loves him so much, as a father, since his dad is on the verge of having a sex operation. A few years ago he told him he wants to become a woman. Roy was afraid he would lose his dad. The one who always did woodwork with him and whit whom he woulds wrestle. But his father explained him that only the outside would change and from the inside he would still be his father. Now Roy is used to the fact that his father looks like a woman. The only thing he doesn’t understand is why his father also wants to get rid of his willy…

My father has gone missing
In this episode Dimitri (10) documents his live without his father. He has gone missing 5 years ago and they haven’t heard from him since. Dimitri has been searching for his dad for the last 5 years. His dad disappeared out of nothing after leaving him and his younger brother a present. He doesn’t understand what happened to his father. Did someone take him? Did he find another woman? Where did he go? He has a picture of his dad in his bedroom. But it’s hidden behind another one because it’s too emotional for him to look at his father everyday. As soon as he’s old enough he wants to buy a scooter to search for his dad across the world.

Other episodes are handling other special familiy circumstances. It deals with a child having two mothers, a father in yale, a mother living with two husbands and her children, a mother that is blind and a mother that is very small.