The sorrow of West-Friesland (2012)

A film by Leen van den Berg

The Sorrow of West Friesland reports on a closed community in a grand, barren and beautiful landscape. The film is about everyday life, about the loneliness of young people, their character, the mutual silence. About the way young people drowned in larger groups at school, fairgrounds and frenzied beer fests.
The Sorrow of West Friesland is also the moving report of a father, mother and two sisters who lost their son and brother through suicide. With loving rituals, they try to honour the memory of their loved one.
The honesty of the young people, talking about how sombre they felt and what help them to escape from their sorrow is impressive: dance, music, writing, meditation, friends.
The Sorrow of West Friesland is a documentary that, despite the difficult theme, offers reassurance; that there are ways to prevent young people committing suicide.


57 minutes colour formats: DCP HDcam Blue Ray DVD
Director: Leen van den Berg
Scenario: Leen van den Berg en Lies Janssen
Film advice: Barbara den Uyl en Sandra van Beek
Camera: Bert Oosterveld
Sound: Jac Vleeshouwers
Editing: Jan Ketelaars
Music: Bas Bouma
IKON editor in chief: Margje de Koning
Producer: Leen van den Berg

This film was made with financial support from the Media Fund

© Van der Hoop Filmproductions 2012