Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Netherland Club – New York , NY
Dutch theatre and film maker Adelheid Roosen presents her touching documentary about her own mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Followed by a Q&A session with the artist herself.
Adelheid Roosen is a Dutch theatre maker who combines the very personal with what is currently discussed in the public debate. Her work deals with important social issues, in such an unexpected way, that the audience will reconsider their originals ideas about these topics.
Adelheid Roosen’s mother is in a large bathtub, sitting on the lap of her other daughter, who is affectionately supporting her. The static camera records the daughter’s tender movements and the mother’s evident pleasure. In another scene, the mother is in the arms of her son-in-law while they eat one chocolate after the other. In yet another, we see the filmmaker herself filmed from above, her movements being followed by the camera as she lies on the floor with her mother — both of them wearing incontinence diapers. The static camera position makes these short scenes inescapable and powerful. Roosen uses them to record and enter into the world of her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It is a very visual, loving and humorous attempt to gain an understanding of an elusive disease.
Recently the documentary received the full 5 stars and rave reviews at the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival in Pittsburgh.
This film is in Dutch and has Ensglish subtitles. Please join us for this special event in the comfort of The Lounge (4th Floor) at The Netherland Club.
Free event for members and $10 for non-members