A Life Before This (2016)
'Welcome to the club that nobody wants to be a member of'. That was one of the first things that Constance Malcolm heard when she lost her son Ramarley Graham on February 2nd of 2012 when he was shot and killed in their Bronx apartment by a police officer. Ever since she has said the same thing more often than she would have liked to other parents.
A Life Before This tells the story of a mother who hangs on to the last bit of hope of getting justice for the son she lost, while getting up every day and fighting against police brutality and gun violence, in the hope that one day she doesn't have to greet new members to the club anymore.
Official selection New York Short Film Festival, NewFilmmakers New York & March On Washington Film Festival (Winner Special Jury Mention)
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Hear Me Out (2013) co-directed with Martijn Wüts
Of course siblings argue about things but this deaf brother and sister can't seem to agree on one life changing decision: taking an cochlear implant or staying deaf.
Siblings Irene and Sjoerd were both born deaf. But 9 years ago, at the age of 21, Irene decided to get an cochlear implant. It had a lot of impact on the whole family, but it was worth it because after the operation she could hear the voices of her mom, dad and brother for the first time. Her brother Sjoerd is still in doubt. Having surgery is a big risk but he really wants to hear what Irene now can hear. Will he follow and also take a CI?
Official selection SCENECS Debut Film Festival, Cinedeaf Rome & Maine Deaf Film Festival