English

Why I Love You is a series of video portrayals of two generations of citizens of the world, living in the Netherlands. They reveal what they admire in eachother and what makes them wonder. Most of the parents were not born in the Netherlands; most of the ‘children’ were.

Currently, at least half of all city dwellers are foreigners. Their connection to Dutch society is often seen as a problem. Yet most newcomers are doing well. Their stories are seldom seen or heard. You can find them here.

Why I Love You does also show portrays of Dutch families, because every generation enters a new world, different from that of their parents.

Training and coaching

Professional filmmakers Aliona van der Horst, Babette Niemel, Floris-Jan van Luyn, Kibret Mekonnen, Jet Homoet, Grietje Keller and Inti Mego assist fathers, mothers and their adult children.They show/reveal what they admire in eachother and what makes them wonder. Most of the parents were not born in the Netherlands; most of the ‘children’ were. Currently, at least half of all city dwellers are foreigners. Their connection to Dutch society is often seen as a problem. Yet most newcomers are doing well. Their stories are seldom seen or heard. You can find them here.

To be continued

The videos themselves are not the ultimate goal of Why I Love You. Welfare organizations, schools and groups of young people use these portraits to make their own project or start discussions about their past and future.

Support

This project is kindly supported by welfare organizations and cultural organizations in Amsterdam and The Hague, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds and Kosmopolis Den Haag. English subtitles by Joshua Molay and Marlene van der Kooi.