Archive of films Herman Slobbe/Blind Child 2 / Herman Slobbe/Blind kind 2

Netherlands
1966, 29 min

Section: Johan van der Keuken
Year: 2002

When Van der Keuken made his first film about blind children in 1964, one young boy, in particular, stuck in his mind. Thus he went back to see the boy two years later to make him the main subject of another documentary. Herman is on the threshold of puberty and is not afraid of expressing his clear-cut views on old age, intolerance and so-called normality.


Synopsis

When, in 1964, Van der Keuken was making his first film about blind children, one little boy stuck in his mind. Two years later the filmmaker went back to find him in order to make him the main subject of another documentary. Herman is on the threshold of puberty and is clear about his views on old age, intolerance and so-called normality. He has such a strong character that he has already succeeded in building his own internal world. Herman’s phenomenal ability to imitate sounds plays an important role in the film. The boy, who plans working as a radio technician when he grows up, becomes the film’s extraordinary reporter, an ear through which we understand the world in a new way. Undreamt-of questions and astonishment find their way to us through a microphone specially set up by Herman.

About the film

Color, 16 mm

Section: Johan van der Keuken
   
Director: Johan van der Keuken
Screenplay: Johan van der Keuken
Dir. of Photography: Johan van der Keuken
Music: Archie Shepp
Editor: Johan van der Keuken
Production: Lucid Eye Films
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