The Indian (De Indiaan)

Niederlande 2009, Feature film, 79' Director Ineke Houtman | Camera Sander Snoep | Screenplay Nynke Klompmaker | Sound Simone Glavazi | Actor/Actress Matthias den Besten, Bastiaan Ragas, Claire Lapadu, Angelique de Bruijne Distributed by Bos Bros. Film & TV Productions | Production Company Bos Bros. Film & TV Productions

»Most children come out of their mother's belly«, says the eight-years-old Koos, »I come out of an aeroplane.« Yes, Koos comes from Peru and as a baby was adopted by a Dutch couple. He gets on very well with them, his grandfather is always there when needed, he is loved and he has a neighbourhood friend called Isa. However, when his adoptive mother becomes pregnant, he worries that his parents will now only care about their »own« baby. Indeed, Koos seems to be a bit of a worrier all-round: he's particularly afraid of water. Then one day, outside the supermarket, he meets Illari and his extended family who earn their money as Peruvian musicans busking in the High Street. They practice their Indian rituals on an island and soon Koos learns that he is a descendent of the brave Incas! Even his parents can accept his interest in everything to do with the Indio culture, no longer having to dismiss it as »Indian nonsense«. And finally, they tell him that his original name means »water«. Koos is delighted that he bears a name that is the combination of his Indian name Yaku and that of his Dutch father Jaap (which is actually Jacobus, hence Koos).

Sensitively, realistically and with humour, Ineke Houtman tells this interesting story about an adopted child's search for his roots from the boy's perspective, using a simple plot to underline just how important it is to know your own identity.


Born 1956 in Arnhem, INEKE HOUTMAN studied literature before changing to the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam where she specialised in cinematography and film direction. As a director, nearly all of her films for both TV and the cinema have been children's films.


Films by Ineke Houtman (Selection)
Mijn Opa de Bankrover 2011 | Het sinterklaasjournaal (TV) 2009 | Sterke verhalen uit zoutvloed (TV) 2008 | Stille Nacht 2004 | Polleke 2003 | Madelief: Krassen in het tafelblad 1998

Ineke Houtman
Feature Film
School Film