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by Alex Pitstra


The Dutch filmmaker Alex Pitstra, born Karim Alexander Ben Hassen, is 25 when he receives a letter from his Tunisian father, whom he hasn’t seen since his early childhood. His father tells him that he wants to see him. Alex decides to travel to Tunisia to try building a relationship with his extended family who welcomes him as the prodigal son. In his quest to reconnect with his roots, Alex has to face not only the cultural differences between him and his family, but also the questions of his Dutch mother. What role should he play as the son of two cultures?

international title: Bezness as Usual
original title: Bezness as Usual
country: Netherlands
sales agent: Selfmade Films
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Alex Pitstra
film run: 93'
release date: Alex Pitstra
screenplay: Alex Pitstra, Katja Schoondergang
cinematography by: Tadeusz Kieniewicz, Rosan Breman, Alex Pitstra
film editing: Jos Driessen
music: Renger Koning
production: Selfmade Films


main awards/selection

Festival del film Locarno 2016

Semaine de la Critique

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