A lonely young boy makes his very first friend, but because of his miserable existence this friendship is ill-fated.

In the gloomy Dutch countryside of the 1950s a lonely eight-year-old boy drags himself to school and back every day. On his route he lets out his frustration on the same wooden pole every time he passes, until one day he runs into another boy doing the exact same thing. The two boys instantly become best friends and spend the following days running up and down the hills and playing war games in the woods. This pleasant distraction however does not free the boy from his miserable daily existence. As the friendship evolves it becomes clear that it’s a matter of time until the boys’ innocence will succumb to a gruesome, but inevitable, fate.

Short Film | 00:09:02 | Narrative Fiction| Themes: Children, Youth | Spoken Language: Swahili & Dutch | Subtitles: English & Dutch | Format: ProRes & DCP | Sound: Stereo LtRt & 5.1 | 2.35:1 | Color

Written & Directed by: Amira Duynhouwer

Producers: Jolijn van Rinsum & Thomas Mataheru for Blanc Film

Cinematography: Dionne Cats

Editor: Tessel de Vries

Sound Design: Meghan van der Meer


International Premiere: TBA



  • Cinekid Film Festival 2019, Dutch short competition, The Netherlands.



Client: Blanc Film
Date: September 1, 2019
Services: Festival distribution & Strategy