Neighbour Abdi

a film by

the Netherlands | 29' | 08/2022 | documentary

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


Douwe Dijkstra (1984) is a filmmaker and visual artist from the Netherlands. He studied Illustration Design at the ArtEZ University of the Arts. His work is a mixture of video, animation and VFX, and can be described as both humorous and socially engaged. His projects range from short films and documentaries to video installations and theatre performances.


  • Buurman Abdi / Neighbour Abdi – 2022 – short documentary
  • Eine Sekunde in Fränkli – 2022 – short documentary
  • Green Screen Gringo – 2016 – short documentary
  • Voor Film / Supporting Film – 2015 – short documentary
  • Démontable – 2014 – short experimental
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Director: Douwe Dijkstra
Screenplay: Abdiwahab Ali, Douwe Dijkstra
Producer: Valk Productions: Richard Valk
Co-producer Broadcast: EO
Cinematographer: Douwe Dijkstra
Sound Recording: Douwe Dijkstra
Sound Design: Rob Peters
Editor: Douwe Dijkstra
Composer: Rob Peters
Visual effects: Douwe Dijkstra
Cast (in order of importance): Abdiwahab Ali, Sharif Nuur, Ahmed Dualeh, Mohamed Teeri, Saed Dualeh, Mohammed Mohamud, Henk Kinket, Douwe Dijkstra


  • Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland (3 – 13 August, 2022)
    Pardi di Domani – International Competition


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

English dialogue list: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here