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A Divine Call

Director:         Festus Toll


A baby was born: Genson. Neither black nor white. In the 25 minute documentary A Divine Call, Festus’ researches and shows what the world will be like for someone who grows up as a half European, half African child.

Genson grows up in a ‘new’ Netherlands. Parts of the country shuns the change that the country is facing: The Netherlands is getting browner. Xenophobia and division are increasing. A country that was once known for the diversity that it seemed to cherish, is now more than ever opposed to the newcomers. Genson was born in a country that does not seem to embrace him.

Festus Toll (1992) often brings moral questions and the search for identity together in his films. By combining old and new footage he explores his bicultural identity in an experimental and essayistic way. His previous film We Will Maintain (2017) was striking and screened at IDFA that same year.

A Divine Call is a coproduction with the VPRO, Dutch Film Fund and the CoBO fund.

Release               2020

Producer            Boondocs, Jasper Boon

Editor                  Emiel Nuninga

Sound Design   Vincent Sinceretti