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His Name Is My Name

His Name Is My Name

Eline Jongsma, Kel O'Neill
Netherlands
2022
33 min
n.a.
School Program
Synopsis

Eline Jongsma’s great-grandfather was known as “Crazy Gerrit.” This was a rather innocent nickname considering who he actually was: the ruthless, violent mayor of the town of Krommenie, Netherlands, during the Second World War, and a fanatical member of the NSB—the Dutch Nazi party. After the war ended, his children disowned him out of shame, and his great-granddaughter grew up unaware of his existence. But no secret can stay buried forever.

In this animated, Instagram-based series, Jongsma and her filmmaking partner Kel O’Neill search through archives and family memories to create a fractured portrait of Crazy Gerrit and his legacy. While each of its 10 episodes can stand alone, the whole forms an ingenious, kaleidoscopic look at history, guided by a propelling soundtrack that compels you to keep watching.

Artist duo Jongsma + O’Neill focus less on Gerrit’s motivations than on creating a chronicle of war and intergenerational guilt. This is a story about remembering and forgetting, and the ways in which the past makes itself felt in the present.

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Credits
33 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Eline Jongsma,
    Kel O'Neill
    Eline Jongsma,
    Kel O'Neill
Production
    Jongsma + O'Neill
    Jongsma + O'Neill
Co-production
    Bas Vroege for Paradox
    Bas Vroege for Paradox
Key collaborator
    Bas Kortholt for Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork
    Bas Kortholt for Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork
Animation
    Jure Brglez
    Jure Brglez
Designer
    Vitor Freire & Monique Grimord,
    Imagination of Things
    Vitor Freire & Monique Grimord,
    Imagination of Things
Sound
    Arnoud Traa
    Arnoud Traa
Sound Design
    Arnoud Traa
    Arnoud Traa
Music
    San Re
    San Re
Screenplay
    Kel O'Neill
    Kel O'Neill
Narrator
    Eline Jongsma
    Eline Jongsma
Screening copy
    Eline Jongsma for Jongsma + O'Neill
    Eline Jongsma for Jongsma + O'Neill
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