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Douwe Dijkstra

Buurman Abdi (Neighbour Abdi)

29' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: Dutch, Somali
Director: Douwe Dijkstra Composer: Rob Peters With: Abdiwahab Ali, Sharif Nuur, Ahmed Dualeh
This short film is part of International Shorts 1.
How can you understand a violent past? Somali-born Abdi reenacts his life, marked by war and criminality, with the help of his neighbour and filmmaker Douwe. Through playful reconstructions in a special effects studio, they embark on a candid and investigative journey through a painful history, focusing on the creative process throughout.

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Douwe Dijkstra


Rob Peters


Abdiwahab Ali, Sharif Nuur, Ahmed Dualeh


Douwe Dijkstra, Abdiwahab Ali

Director of Photography

Douwe Dijkstra


Douwe Dijkstra


Richard Valk

Production studios

Richard Valk / Valk Producties

More information


Dutch, Somali

Countries of production

The Netherlands




Douwe Dijkstra
Démontable (short, 2014), Supporting Film (short, 2015), Green Screen Gringo (short, 2016), Eine Sekunde in Fränkli (short, 2022), Buurman Abdi (short, 2022)

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