Joan Sträter offers psychotherapy to out of control teenagers, predominantly of ethnic minorities. Mostly boys. They have all had encounters with the police, for reasons varying from robberies to abuse, skipping class or shoplifting. The documentary shows Joan counselling Alaa and Adil, fourteen-year old twins of Moroccan origin.
Joan’s Boys is a film about the interaction between Joan and ‘her boys’; about how their often completely separate worlds can connect. The film is not just a double portrait of patient and councillor; it is also about ‘looking’ and ‘being looked at’ and how we so easily judge worlds foreign to us.
Length 60 minutes
A film by Catherine van Campen
This documentary was realised with the support of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund
Produced by Zuidenwind Filmproductions in coproduction with NCRV