When Are You Coming Back, Kees?

kees schaap / Mark Schaap

Netherlands, The 2019, 54 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Dutch, Arabic

Subtitles: English

World premiere

In 1987, film student Kees Schaap made a documentary about a Palestinian family living on the West Bank. They were on the verge of losing their land. Thirty years later Schaap returns, filled with doubt. Did he promise too much? Did the family expect the film to save them?

Thirty years after he last spoke to Palestinian Adnan, whose family was the subject of his first documentary, filmmaker Kees Schaap receives a voicemail message: ‘It’s been a long time! When are you coming back, Kees?’ The call prompts a return to his old friends, accompanied by his son Mark, an aspiring filmmaker himself.

But Kees is uncomfortable. When he made his film, Adnan’s family threatened to lose its land to Israeli settlers. They were hoping that by telling the world their story, their land would be saved. Now, the family’s land is gone. The film did not save them. It was seen by maybe six hundred film students. As Kees and Mark warmly reconnect with Adnan and his family and find out what life is like under Israeli occupation, they discuss a filmmaker’s responsibility. Is it your duty to show injustice that is ignored by the world?

Synopsis

Credits

Official website: http://episode-one.com/productions/when-are-you-coming-back

Productions:

Episode One / VARA

www.episode-one.com / www.vara.nl

Talkshows & debates

Premiere When Are You Coming Back, Kees: Q&A with Kees Schaap

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 13:30

After the movie, Fidan Ekiz talks to director Kees Schaap about his motives for making this film. Did he have a debt to repay?

 

When Are You Coming Back, Kees: Q&A with Kees Schaap

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 19:15

After the movie, we talk with director Kees Schaap about his motives for making this film. Did he have a debt to repay?

When Are You Coming Back, Kees: Q&A with Kees Schaap

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 16:45

After the movie, we talk with director Kees Schaap about his motives for making this film. Did he have a debt to repay?