With big eyes eight-year-old Tanans looks around. The new school year has just begun. That is exciting for all pupils, but especially for Tanans. In the cheerful liveliness of the classroom Tanans does not recognize a single word. The shouts, the words and sentences in Dutch are unfamiliar noises to him. Tanans has only been in the Netherlands for a few weeks. He does not speak the language, understands nothing of the local customs and has not made any friends yet. Tanans is Congolese, but he grew up in a refugee welcome zone in Uganda. Together with his family he has come to the Netherlands as an ‘invited refugee’. In ‘New’ we follow Tanans on his journey of discovery. For the first time he lives in a beautiful house, tries to find his balance on a bike, speaks Dutch. But above all, he tries to make sense of this strange, new world. This is often funny and amusing, and very exciting. For how do you make friends if you don’t speak the same language?

The Netherlands – Nederlands Film Festival,  2014
Germany – LUCAS int. Children’s Film Festival, 2014
Germany – DocumentART, 2104
The Netherlands – Cinekid, 2014
Iran – Teheran International Short Film Festival, 2014
Germany – DOXS!, 2014
USA – Children’s Film Festival Seattle, 2015
Finland – Tampere Film Festival, 2015
Canada – Reframe REELkids, 2015
Canada – Reel 2 Reel International Film Festival for Youth, 2015
Germany – DOK.fest Munich, 2015
Canada – TIFF Kids International Film Festival, 2015
The Netherlands – Go Short, 2015
Austria – Sterischer Herbst Festival, 2015
Germany – Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival, 2015
Canada – Hot Docs, 2015
Mexico – Guanajuato International Film Festival, 2015
Denmark – BUSTER Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth, 2015
Argentina – Cine Migrante International Film Festival, 2015
Iceland – Reykjavik International Film Festival, 2015
Germany – International Queer Festival, 2015
Romania – KINOdiseea International Children’s Festival, 2015
France – Festival du film d’éducation, 2015
USA – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2015
Belgium – Afrika FilmFestival, 2016
Libya – NDU International Film Festival, 2016
Switzerland – Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève
Croatia – Festival of Tolerance, 2016
Israel – Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival, 2016
Germany – DokfensterKöln, 2016
Belgium – Elles Tournent, 2017

DOXS!, 2014 – Honorable Mention
Children’s Film Festival Seattle, 2015 – Best Short Documentary
Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival, 2015 – Mo-Award (Best Short Documentary for 9-12 year olds)
Prix Jeunesse UNESCO Special Prize, 2016

Netherlands Film Festival, 2014 – Debut Competition
DocumentART, 2104 – European Competition
IDFA, 2014 – Kids & Docs Award
Prix Jeunesse International, 2016
Prix Jeunesse UNESCO Special Prize, 2016