In Vrijheid tells the story of a mother who gets her lost son back. For months Neziha has lived in fear, because her son Ismaël left for Syria. Then she receives a message saying that Ismaël is back. He fled Syria and is now detained in the Netherlands. Under strict conditions, the judge allows him to await his trial in his mother’s house. Neziha is determined not to let her son slip through her fingers a second time. She does everything within her power to make Ismaël a productive member of society again. But the more she tries to reach him, the greater the distance between mother and son becomes.
Floor Van Der Meulen
Floor van der Meulen graduated in 2012 from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in Audivisual Design. She directed several documentaries and an experimental film.
Her last documentary Storming Paradise (2014) is a portrait of one Dutch and two Syrian fighters in a complex conflict. Young men who are finding their way in life. The film was sold to Al Jazeera.
She co-directed 9 days from my Window in Aleppo (2016) with Thomas Vroege, which is nominated for the European Film Award.
In Vrijheid is her debut fiction film. The film was nominated for a Dutch Academy Award for Best Television Drama. Leading actress Nazmiye Oral won the Dutch Academy Award for Best Actress.
Jaap Peter Enderlé