Jojo, a lively 10-year-old with a difficult home life marked by a volatile father and an absent mother, finds solace in an unexpected friendship with an abandoned baby jackdaw. When he brings the bird home, he has to keep it hidden from his father. Through his special friendship with the bird and the adaptability that only children possess, Jojo finds a way to break down the wall surrounding his father’s heart. This poignant, emotionally astute coming of age drama will remind older film fans of Ken Loach’s classic Kes.
He majored in Industrial Design at the University of Delft and subsequently trained himself as a documentary filmmaker. His films often focus on children or young people with whom he develops a close working relationship. Kauwboy premiered in the Generations section of the 2012 Berlinale, where it won the Best First Feature Award.
Filmography: Kauwboy (2012), Surprising Europe (doc.) (2011), Drawn Out Love (doc.) (2007), Zooey (doc.) (2004), Delusion (doc.) (2002), Tommie (doc.) (2000), Young Eyes (doc.) (2000), Pierlala (doc.) (1998), Letters from Belfast (doc.) (1996).