YOU | ME (in Dutch JIJ | IK) is a short film which confronts the viewer with the impact of freedom on the lives of women of the same age growing up and living in Rotterdam and Iran. YOU | ME is a poetic piece of social criticism combining choreographed images, fiction and documentary material. Background research for the film involved interviewing a range of women with a variety of backgrounds, including women with dual nationality, on the topics of freedom, feminism, and women’s rights.

By Davy Pieters and Nastaran Razawi Khorasani.

YOU|ME sets the lives of several women next to each other, from the Netherlands and Iran.

At the micro level, this is Nastaran’s personal story. Thanks to her bicultural identity, she grew up between two worlds. At the macro level, this personal story is also about not only freedom but also feminism, women’s rights and dual citizenship.

Rotterdam is the backdrop for the Dutch side of the story. The whole city will be a part of the decor. In Rotterdam, more than half the population has a diverse ethnic background. We chose Rotterdam precisely because, unlike Iran, it’s one of the best examples of a city where different cultures come together, different ideas and opinions meet and are even allowed to clash. As we think about the new generation, whose parents increasingly have mixed ethnic backgrounds, we believe that our film adds value because it contributes to their story of identity, and we think they (and perhaps also their parents) will recognise themselves in the main characters.

Production details:
In collaboration with KOBE

Country: The Netherlands
Status: In development, expected in 2023
Running time: ’20 minutes

Short documentary