International Diaspora Film Festival

Film Screenings - 2009

Sunday 8 November, 4:00 PM


Heinrich Dahms
The Netherlands, 2009, 92 min.
In Dutch with English subtitles
Winner, Best European Film, Ireland International Film Festival 2009
Featuring: Jurriaan Fuchs, Samuel Hubner, Lharby Salah, Jill Velleman
North American Premiere

When 'sex, drugs and rock & roll' becomes 'sex, drugs and random violence'.

SCUM follows the paths of Ed and Hassan, two adolescents in the Netherlands destined to meet by film's end. Ed has just been fired from his job and kicked out by his girlfriend. Hassan has just been accepted into college and has a loving girlfriend at his side. Ed spends his night partying with friends, indulging in sex, drugs and rock & roll. Hassan spends his night agonizing over whether he should follow his dream and fulfill his potential by attending college, or succumb to his father's will that he take over the family grocery store. The two paths intersect violently at the film's end.

With a haunting look at an act of senseless violence, Dahms has deftly created well-developed characters in an all-too-real scenario.

Director's Biography:
Heinrich Dahms

Over a 30 year career, Heinrich Dahms has written, directed and produced numerous feature films, documentaries, television series and commercials in his native South Africa, the Azores and the Netherlands. His feature films include My Daughter's Keeper (1993), Surviving (2007) and SCUM (2009). His company, Buzzmedia Network, produces films and webclips focussing on social issues affecting our planet.

Venue: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.,
Toronto M5S 1J5 (off St. George St., one block south of Bloor, Subway St. George)
$10 / $8 students and seniors