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Now that my mother has developed Alzheimer’s disease,
I don’t see her dissolve, I see her appear.

I experience her as an Alice in Wonderland: she is falling through time.
I am falling after her, discovering where she is, what she’s experiencing, doing or saying.
My mother has left on a journey and I travel with her, as her luggage.

That is the poetry I find in this situation.
That is what I tried to capture in this film.

The documentary Mum (December 2009) has won various awards and has been screened at various national and international film festivals and medical congresses. 

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The DVD and screening with Q&A are in the Office for sale.

IN THE NEWS

NRC HANDELSBLAD I 06 APR 13
Wiesje van der Flier, head of research Alzheimer Centre VUmc about Mum
"Someone recently asked me," Do you think that someone with Alzheimer's is living a dignified live? "Yes, I think so, a person remains human. But I find the disease distressing. Mum [...] emphasizes the beauty of the process. A wonderful film, I saw what she meant, but it is a contemplative, artistic look. I'm a pragmatist, analytical. "

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE I 30 MAR 12
"Her dementia is heartrending, riveting, tragic-comic, somehow life-affirming, and beautifully realized."

TA NEA I 07 SEP 10
"The camera's calm, observing eye intensifies the emotion of the scenes. Roosen uses this quality to enter her sick mother's world.  It is an imaginative, tender and humorous attempt to understand this treacherous disease."

NU.NL COLUMN THURSDAY I 26 NOV 09
"A week ago, there was a good old-fashioned discussion again about an item on television. In [primetime talk show] DWDD, actor and film director Adelheid Roosen presented a fragment of the documentary about her mother. The subject of the documentary is her personal relationship with her mother. It wasn’t always a good relationship. In fact sometimes it was very difficult. But now that her mother is ill, Adelheid feels a lot of love for her. What a sweet woman that was, hidden within her hard shell." I Nico Dijkshoorn

DE VOLKSKRANT I 21 NOV 09
A shining diamond "Henriëtte is the star of every scene, a sparkling diamond. Or, as Adelheid puts it: “She was the only one who was good in every scene. Every time. Because she’s real. She’s herself. Unique and original. Her energy never wavers. She never wonders what expectations she should satisfy. She simply is.” 
Henriëtte is laid upon her daughters, disappearing into them; dissolved and then reborn.
The cycle is complete." I Nazmiye Oral

DENKBEELD I APR 09
"The general perception of dementia is one of deterioration and loss. Adelheid Roosen has gained a different perspective through her experience with her mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease. “I think dementia is a much greater problem for society than for people who have it.'"
Photo I Rob Wester 

AWARDS

Selected I Gouden Kalf Competition I Dutch Film Festival 2010 I Utrecht I The Netherlands

Runner-up I Short Documentary I International Health Film Festival Kos 2010 I Greece

Nominee I Best International Documentary I Norwegian Documentary Film Festival 2010 I Norway

Nominee I IDFA Award for Short Documentary 2009 I Amsterdam I The Netherlands

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Mum on tour

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AMSTERDAM  

11 dec 14 I Vrije Universiteit
30 oct 14 I Vrije Universiteit
21 sep 14 I Stedelijk Museum
11 apr 14 I Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
18 mar 14 I Hogeschool van Amsterdam
13 sep 11 I Seniorenzorgplan I Odensehuis
17 feb 11 I Het Heilig VU-UUR I VU Medisch Centrum
07 oct 10 I Flevohuis Amsterdam Behandeldienst
02 oct 10 I Brahma Kumaris Spirituele Academie
01 jun 10 I De Andere Kant van Dementie I Rode Hoed
11 may 10 I Alzheimer Café I Grand Café Frankendael
17 apr 10 I Mightysociety invites I Frascati
06 mar 10 I WOMEN Inc. Festival 2010 I Het Ketelhuis
09 feb 10 I Czaar Peter Punt
23 jan 10 I De Winter van je Leven I De Balie
21 - 27 nov 09 I IDFA 2009 (première)
18 sep 09 I VUmc Wereld Alzheimer Dag

THE HAGUE  

10 dec 14 I Koninklijke Schouwburg
09 dec 14 I Koninklijke Schouwburg
24 nov 14 I Stadsboerderij Pluk
13 jul 13 I Haagse Wijk- en Woonzorg Verpleeghuis De Stromenhof
24 oct 10 I Haagse Hogeschool Lectoraat Psychogeriatrie
21 apr 10 I In het programma Flink Oud Filmhuis Den Haag

UTRECHT  

23 oct 14 I Yarden Crematorium Daelwijck 
28 apr 14 I Verzorgingshuis Lieve de Key
24 apr 14 I Verzorgingshuis Transwijkhof
22 apr 14 Verzorgingshuis Zuylenstede
15 mar 12 I Dienstverlener Vecht & IJsel Utrecht
15 mar 12 I Dienstverlener Vecht & IJsel I IJsselstein
14 mar 12 I Dienstverlener Vecht & IJsel I Utrecht
12 may 11 I Dag van de Verpleging I De Uithof
22 mar 11 I De Winter van je Leven I Louis Hartlooper Complex
10 jan 11 I 1e en 2e jaars studenten I HKU
23 & 27 sep 10 I Nederlands Film Festival I 't Hoogt

RIJSWIJK  

22 sep 14 I Crematorium en Begraafplaats Eikelenburg

HAARLEM  

20 sep 14 I 2Bike4Alzheimer I Frieda & Titus fietsen naar Leiden
16 jan 11 I De Winter van je Leven I Filmschuur

LELYSTAD  

11 jun 14 Yarden I Crematorium Ölandhorst (besloten)

EINDHOVEN  

06 apr 14 I Onvergetelijk Van Abbe I Van Abbemuseum
30 jan 12 I Directie & Management bijeenkomst Vitalis

DRACHTEN  

26 sep 13 I ZuidOostZorg i.h.k.v. DementieEnDan I De Lawei (besloten)

WAGENINGEN  

27 sep 13 I Internationale Alzheimerdag I Odensehof Wageningen (besloten)

TUNESIA  

24-29 sep 13 I HUMAN screen festival I Tunis

UNITED KINGDOM  

3 mar 13 I SICKfestival I Brighton

PERU  

14 feb 13 I Lima

WORLDWIDE  

16 jun - 15 dec 12 I Online Film Festival We Speak, Here

JORDAN  

12 dec 12 I Karama Human Rights Festival I Amman
27 mar - 7 apr 10 I Amman Internationaal Theater Festival Amman

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

5 dec 12 I Ciclo de cine y derechos humanos I Santo Domingo

USA  

29 sep 12 I Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center I Lebanon
26 jun 12 I Netherlands Club I New York 
01 apr 12 I Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Pittsburgh

CROATIA  

24 sep 12 I The Mothers and Daughters exhibition I Zagreb I Kroatië
25 sep 12 I The Mothers and Daughters exhibition Zagreb I Kroatië
04 oct 11 I Festival DOKUart I Bjelovar

SPAIN  

21 may 12 I Karama Human Rights Film Festival I Barcelona
9 jun 10 I Huesca International Film Festival I Huesca

PORTUGAL  

26 jul 12 Families and Disabilities I Lissabon
17 jun 11 I Doc_Europa III I Cascais en Porto

FRANCE  

08 apr 12 I Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil I Créteil
31 mar 12 I Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil I Créteil

ZEIST  

16 dec 11 I De zorg is een zaak van iedereen - Vilans I PGGM
21 jan 10 I Parkinson's meets Alzheimer's disease IV I Congres Centrum Figi

GREECE  

22 nov 11 I Soapbox, Mediazone I University of Nicosia Cyprus
03 - 06 sep 10 I Kos International Health Festival I Kos

DIEPENHEIM  

29 oct 11 Gastvrijheid in de herberg

BAEXEM  

14 oct 11 I Dement en toch contact I Baexheimerhof

VLISSINGEN  

11 oct 11 I Dag Psychische Gezondheid I Cine City

DOETINCHEM  

10 oct 11 I Humanistisch Verbond I De Gruitpoort
18 feb 11 I Well Care 24 I Grand-Café Restaurant Groeskamp

BELGIUM 

02 oct 11 I Dames Draaien / Elles tournent I Brussel

POLAND  

09 sep 11 I 8th European Film Festival Integration You and Me I Koszalin

DOORN  

01 sep 11 I Vergeet me niet - Stichting Vitras/CMD I Cultuurhuis Doorn

INDIA  

15 - 23 jul 11 I Women’s International Film Festival I Chennai

KOSOVO  

30 apr 11 I Highlights of the Lowlands I Pristina

MACEDONIA

30 apr 11 I Highlights of the Lowlands Skopje

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA  

25 - 30 apr 11 I Highlights of the Lowlands Sarajevo

LEIDEN  

14 mar 11 I De Winter van je Leven I Kijkhuis
27 & 28 feb 10 Festival Niet Normaal Scheltema Complex

ASSEN  

05 mar 11 I Festival Vrouwen Films I Bioscoop De Kolk

MEPPEL  

06 feb 11 I 5e Meppeler Film Festival I Cultureel Centrum de Plataan

LAREN  

27 jan 11 Alzheimer Café Laren NH I De Stichtse Hof

LEEUWARDEN  

8 dec 10 I De Winter van je Leven I Filmhuis
12 nov 10 Noordelijk Film Festival I Stadsschouwburg de Harmonie

ROEMENIA  

27 nov 10 I Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival EXPIFF Boekarest

AMERSFOORT  

21 nov 10 I De Winter van je Leven I De Kamers

RUSSIA  

12 nov 10 I Deboshir Filmfestival Pure Dreams I Cinema House I St. Petersburg

ENSCHEDE  

11 nov 10 I Levenskunst en Dementie I De Oude Usselerschool

NEW CALEDONIA  

01 & 05 nov 10 I Peoples' Film Festival I Anûû-rû âboro

GRONINGEN  

26 oct 10 I De Winter van je Leven ForumImages
02 jun 10 Alzheimer Café I Verpleeghuis Coendershof
20 apr 10 I Alzheimer Café I Verpleeghuis Coendershof

MAASTRICHT

20 oct 10 De Winter van je Leven I Lumière
6 oct 10 I De Winter van je Leven I Lumière

SYRIA

14 oct 10 I 8th International Woman's Art Festival I Aleppo
29 dec 09 I Faculty of Fine Arts I Damascus

CZECH REPUBLIC

05 & 06 jul 10 Karlovy Vary Internationaal Film Festival I Karlovy Vary

CANADA

07 - 16 may 10 I DOXA Festival Vancouver

NORWAY

30 apr 10 I Norwegian Documentary Film Festival 2010 Volda

NIJMEGEN

18 - 20 mar 10 I Go Short International Film Festival I Lux

ZAANDAM

14 feb 10 Valentijnsdag I Filmtheater De Fabriek
02 oct 09 I Wereld Alzheimer Dag Zaanstreek I Centrum Pennemes
27 sep 09 I Dementie in Beweging Filmfestival

MUM ON TV

09 aug 11 I NED 2 I RKK Kruispunt: Dementie als inspiratiebron (herhaling)
14 dec 10 I NED 2 I RKK Kruispunt: Dementie als inspiratiebron (herhaling)
30 sep 10 I NED 2 HUMAN Holland Doc: Niemandsland 
16 sep 10 I NED 2 RKK Kruispunt: Dementie als inspiratiebron

Mum credits

Film by Adelheid Roosen
With I Mum, her youngest sister Adele, her eldest daughter Marie-Colette, her youngest daughter Adelheid, her son-in-law Titus
Director of Photography & Editor I Bart Majoor
Production Management I Anne-Marie Geldhof
Production Assistent I Agnes Matthews
Titles & Graphic Design I Johanna Koelman ArtsUnited.nl
Translation I Coot van Doesburg

ENORMOUS THANKS TO

José Kok & Inge Voskuijlen
Czaar Peterpunt
Verpleeghuis Wittenberg
Zina

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