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79-year old pigeon racer Kees is haunted by the memories of his two great loves: his pigeons and his wife.

The partly animated documentary ‘ Barren’ shows the process of Kees letting go of his life long hobby and of his marriage. His pigeons brought him success, but also keep confronting him with his self declared failure in marriage. Years after the death of his wife, Kees is living in the past. In his mind his wife is always around.

Then one day, Kees realizes it has been enough. He radically decides to finish the pigeons off and tears down the dove cot. With a loud crack, Kees breaks with his past.

Barren is a melancholic short documentary about disappointment and failure. Things of the past are animated, in minimalist and sketchy style. Off camera we hear Kees talk about his pigeons and the downfall of his marriage.

Film Credits

Directors: Saskia Kluit

Producers: Annick van Wijk

Photography: Rogier Timmermans

Editing: Saskia Kluit

Sound: Marco van Zelst

Music: Bart Blijerveld

Production Company: Nat Zand


Nomination best short documentary, Dok Leipzig


Orginal Title: Doffer

UK Classification: None

Subtitles: Yes

Voiceover: No



Length: 10 min

Colour: Yes


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Barren Screening:

  • Tue17May

    at The Gopher Hole

    17 May 2011 6:30 pm

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