BIRDLAND is an intimate and moving film about a daughter and a mother in a trailerpark on the outskirts of a city. The heart of the film is Skye, the tough 8-year-old daughter of Joy. Skye desires to be older and more mature, just like her mother.

Director Biography

Ashgan El-Hamus(pronounced: Ash Gen EL Hæms) graduated as a screen writer at The Netherlands Film Academy in 2017. In her graduation year she also co-directed the student film HABIBA. After that she followed a course in directing at LUCA, School of Arts in Brussels and wrote two seasons of the Dutch version of the TV-show SKAM. Since October 2019 Ashgan has a bi-weekly column for the national newspaper Het Parool. Currently she’s working as a writer on the feature film debut of director Bobbie Koek, as well as developing new film projects as a director. Birdland is her debut as a director.


Ashgan El-Hamus


The Netherlands








15 min.

Family Ties

Friday, 3 September 14:50 - 16:20 / Kijkhuis 1
90 min.
Saturday, 4 September 12:10 - 13:40 / Kijkhuis 1
90 min.

Also in this session

1. Birdland
Ashgan El-Hamus, 15 min.
2. Sprötch
Xavier Seron, 21 min.
3. As You Can See
Ghada Fikri, 8 min.
4. Thorns and Fishbones
Natália Azevedo Andrade, 10 min.
5. Nuits Sans Sommeil
Jérémy van der Haegen , 31 min.

National Competition

Saturday, 4 September 19:55 - 21:35 / Kijkhuis 2
100 min.

Also in this session

1. Dear Chaemin
Cyan Bae, 17 min.
2. Birdland
Ashgan El-Hamus, 15 min.
3. L'eau faux
Serge Onnen, Sverre Fredriksen, 16 min.
4. In de stilte van de nacht
Yaron Cohen, 17 min.
5. Marlon Brando
Vincent Tilanus, 20 min.
6. Pilar
Yngwie Boley, J.J. Epping, Diana van Houten, 10