Dealing with Death

Paul Sin Nam Rigter / Documentary / 2020 / 74'
IDFA, 2020 - Winner Best Dutch Documentary
IDFA, 2020 - Winner Best Dutch Documentary

Funeral manager Anita must ensure that all the rituals surrounding death are given a place in her new multicultural funeral home in the Bijlmer, Amsterdam. But the more she immerses herself in the Bijlmer’s different cultures, the more she wonders whether the funeral home is not a naive dream.

In the Bijlmer, in Amsterdam-Zuidoost, every culture has its own rituals around death. Funeral manager Anita has the task of attracting all those cultures to her soon to be built multicultural funeral home. Anita sets out on a tour to get to know this unfamiliar world. But the deeper she penetrates, the more she realises how little she knows about the Bijlmer’s different cultures. She is a white Dutchwoman in a ‘multicoloured’ society.

Is this new funeral home uniting all cultures under a single roof fulfilling the Bijlmer’s needs, or is it the vision of a funeral company that hopes to conquer the market? Anita continues to do her best to win over the Bijlmer, but when she is confronted with death in her own life and she distances herself from the project, the question is whether the new funeral home will ever be built.


Financed by
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Stimuleringsfonds Rouw


Gregg Telussa, Jefrim Rothuizen, Roel van 't Hoff
Noud Holtman
Bouwe Mulder, Hein Verhoeven, Lucas van Eck
Sound design
Hein Verhoeven


IDFA, 2020
Moscow IFF, 2021
Docs Against Gravity, 2021
Crossing Europe, 2021
Thessaloniki MARKET, 2021
EBS IDF, 2021
Europe on Screen, 2021
Q FEST Houston, 2021
Sao Paolo International Film Festival, 2021
Leipzig, 2021
NFF, 2021

Awards / Nominations

IDFA, 2020 - Winner Best Dutch Documentary