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Sink or Swim (Zwemmen of Verzuipen)

Hilal - ages 13+ - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014

Michiel Vaanhold / Short Narrative / Netherlands / 2013 / 10 min / Colour / DCP / In No Dialogue / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


In the strange atmosphere of an empty, abandoned swimming pool, friends Yinka and Glenn come across another group of boys. Through dance, the boys challenge the newcomers to increasingly difficult feats. A fascinating and imaginative exploration of the alluring but sometimes dangerous dynamics of group behaviour, ‘Sink or Swim’ takes a look at what happens to friendship and self-worth when they come up against the desire to fit in with the pack.

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About the Director

ichiel Vaanhold graduated from the Dutch Filmacademy. His commercial ‘The Galleyship’ won the VCP-Kodak Award, and ‘The Wall’ won the Dutch Online Film Festival.


Michiel Vaanhold
Michiel Vaanhold, Jaakko Toivonen
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Sales Company
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Production Company
Yinka Adekoya, Silvan van den Berg, Jeffrey Bordewijk, Julius El Sayed, Floris Meilink, Quinten Smit, Joby Tremus, Glenn Verheijen

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