A Family Affair

Tom Fassaert

2015 Netherlands DOC 114 '

On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother Marianne to come visit her in South Africa. At that time, the only thing he knows about her are the myths and predominantly negative stories his father told him. She was a femme fatale who went through countless men, a famous model in the 1950s, and a mother that put her two sons into a children’s home. Fassaert decides to accept her invitation. But when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession, his venture becomes much more complicated than he could ever have imagined.

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Director Tom Fassaert graduated in 2006 from the Dutch Film Academy with his acclaimed short documentary Doel Leeft. In 2011 Fassaert finished his debute feature length documentary An Angel in Doel, which premiered on the Berlinale Forum. The film was screened on more than 40 international festivals and won several international awards. A Family Affair will be his second feature length documentary