Dealing with Death

The many cultures in Bijlmer, a suburb in Amsterdam, all have their own rituals around bidding farewell to the dead. Funeral director Anita, a white Dutch woman, is tasked with finding out what the community would want in a new multicultural funeral home. Navigating between several worlds, she also has to deal with death in her own circle. But the more the initially confident Anita sees and learns, the more she begins to have her doubts. This largely observational account follows Anita’s uncertain mission over a period of more than five years. It combines her own experience with a larger picture full of cultural contrasts. (IDFA)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Dealing With Death (2020, doc) - The Nose: Zoeken naar Blamage (The Nose - Searching for Blamage, mid-length doc, 2013) - Spelen voor het verleden (Playing for the Past, mid-length doc, 2010) - Zoete Tomaat (Sweet Tomato, short, 2004) - Lux (short, 2003)
Architektur und Gesellschaft | Architecture and Society · Crossing Europe VOD 2021
Paul Sin Nam Rigter
Netherlands 2020
74 minutes
Dutch / English / Twi / Sranan Tongo
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Paul Sin Nam Rigter
Cinematography Gregg Telussa, Jefrim Rothuizen, Lukas de Kort, Roel van ’t Hoff, Jelle Odé, Marc Redmeijer
Editing Noud Holtman
Sound/Sounddesign Bouwe Mulder, Lucas van Eck, Hein Verhoeven
Producer(s) Iris Lammertsma
Witfilm, PLUGGIN'
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
IDFA 2020

Crossing Europe VOD-Premiere
06.06. - 06.07.2021, online
More details on the VOD program HERE
(only available for streaming in Austria)