Overwhelmed by her father’s sudden disability, Esra becomes entangled in a web of lies. Only once the emotions smoldering inside the nine-year-old finally rush to the surface can she begin coming to terms with her new reality.

Type: short film
Length: 14 minutes
Production company: IJswater Films
Year: 2023, funded by the regulation ‘Realisatie – Kort (2022)’.
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The world of introverted but fiery Esra (9) is turned upside down. Her father has been disabled in a motorcycle accident and as a result they have moved. Struggling with his disability, he is no longer the father as Esra knew him. At Esra’s new school, a lie eludes her that brings her positive attention, but whose consequences she cannot foresee. So the pain, anger and shame bubbling beneath the surface inevitably find their way to the surface.

Cast & crew

Director: Luca Meisters
Producer: Nicky Onstenk, Marc Bary
Writer: Nena van Driel
Cast: Lea Fischer, Mustafa Duygulu, Nadia Amin