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Hotel Mokum

Hotel Mokum

Yannesh Meijman
Netherlands
2023
30 min
World Premiere
Frontlight
Synopsis

Pak Mokum Terug is the name of a group of Amsterdam activists that refuse to accept that the basic right to housing no longer appears to apply. The group’s name means “Take Back Amsterdam,” Mokum being the traditional nickname for a capital city in which today, for more and more people, a home is becoming unaffordable. Against this background, Hotel Mokum reports on the squatting of a dilapidated hotel in the city center, narrated in the voice of a fictitious activist.

We follow the events through mobile phone, archive and fictional footage. The squatters turn the derelict hotel into a vibrant living and working community, creating not only living spaces, but also studios and places for meetings and neighborhood parties. To mark their first month in the building, they hold a cheerful celebration. But less than two weeks later, their hopes are dashed when a judge orders their eviction, and the riot police arrive to throw them out.

The struggle continues, however, as we see at the end of the film, when another building is squatted. “You can evict us from a building,” says the narrator defiantly, “but you’ll never evict our ideals.”

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Credits
30 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Dutch
Director
    Yannesh Meijman
    Yannesh Meijman
Production
    Guusje van Deuren for HALAL Scripted
    Guusje van Deuren for HALAL Scripted
Executive producer
    Robin Alper
    Robin Alper
Cinematography
    Sam Broekman
    Sam Broekman
Editing
    Yannesh Meijman
    Yannesh Meijman
Sound
    Andrés García Vidal
    Andrés García Vidal
Sound Design
    Franco van der Linde
    Franco van der Linde
Music
    Robbie Doorman
    Robbie Doorman
Screenplay
    Mathilde Médard
    Mathilde Médard
Narrator
    Maxime Garcia Diaz
    Maxime Garcia Diaz
Screening copy
    HALAL Scripted
    HALAL Scripted

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