Producer
Pieter van Huystee Film

 

Co-production
Human
 
 
With the support of
Dutch Cultural Media Fund, De Prinsenstichting, Rochdale
Projectontwikkeling
 
 
Running time
77 minutes
 
 
Genre
Documentary
 
 
Land of origine
Netherlands
 
 
Director
Mercedes Stalenhoef
 
 
Photography
Sander Snoep, Peter Brugman
 
 
Sound
Bouwe Mulder
 
 
Editor
Gys Zevenbergen
 
 
Composer
Vincent van Warmerdam
 
 
Sound Design
Marc Lizier
 
 
Production
Lotte Gerding, Zoë de Wilde
 
 
Commissioning editor
Bert Janssens (Human)
 
 
Publicity
Curien Kroon – Pieter van Huystee Film
T 0031 (0)20 421 0606
E curien@pvhfilm.nl
I don't belong here

A film by Mercedes Stalenhoef

Peter Schuster lives in an institution for the mentally handicapped. He is able to constrain his anger outbursts by playing the drums and piano.  Frequently something in his brain explodes making him lose control. He even becomes afraid of himself when this happens. With his enchanting music he hopes to impress girls who don’t live in the institution. Peter’s dream is to date someone from the ‘normal community’.  But then things change for everyone.  The director of the institution is convinced: ‘ no longer should the mentally disabled be hidden far from society.’ Integration' is the new creed. A new housing scheme is developed to enable the mentally disabled to live among ‘normal people’. Director Mercedes Stalenhoef follows Peter during this seven-year construction process. At first Peter is delighted by the development, but this rapidly changes as Peter and his fellow companions anticipate to move into a 'normal' neighbourhood, resulting in insecurity, fear and stress. However during the seven years, not a single house is sold. Peter's new home is standing in an unrealised neighbourhood. This situation provide surrealistic scenes. Now, more than ever, Peter’s dreams seem unattainable. 

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