02 December 2021

Jason wins IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film

Congratulations to the team of Jason for winning the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film! Directed by Maasja Ooms, the documentary is a painfully frank portrait of 22-year-old Jason as he undergoes trauma therapy. After Alicia (2017) and Punks (2019), Jason is the third and final part of Ooms’ trilogy about the consequences of failing youth welfare services.

Ooms closely follows Jason as he struggles with the psychological effects of a traumatic childhood, which were only intensified when he was taken into juvenile residental care at the age of 16. During intense therapy sessions, it becomes clear how much he has been harmed, and how far-reaching the consequences are when wrong decisions are made in the youth care system.

In Ooms’ caring and respectful portrayal, we see Jason not only as a victim, but also as a campaigner who uses his experiences to save others from suffering in the same way. This mission gives him the determination to get better and the strength to show his most vulnerable side, no matter how difficult that might be.

Now available worldwide!