Zonder / Sans

A film by

the Netherlands | 7' | 03/2013 | fiction

A portrait of a lonely man working as a lifeguard in a crowded swimming pool. For some reason, he is not allowed to see his son. Taking a dive after closing hours brings him comfort, underneath the surface people are unable to hear his cry.

Klaas Arie Westland


Making art is making connection. Vulnerable, personal, intuitive and close by. To me making portraits is a way to collaborate in a creative process. Getting to know someone. I use both film and photography as my tools to do so. Because everybody has a story to tell. In the end the result is reflecting. Letting go of a moment in time.
Apart from my passion to write, direct and making portraits I organise monthly screenings in cinema and suburbs to give film a connecting purpose in society.


  • Schapekop (2004) – Graduation film
  • Bob Dylan Wannabe Falling from a Rooftop (2007) – Music video
  • Zonder / Sans (2013) – Short film
  • The Lion (2014) – Short Film
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Director: Klaas Arie Westland
Screenplay: Klaas Arie Westland
Production company: Dutch Independent Pictures
Producer: Klaas Arie Westland
Assistant director: Mattijs Mollee
Production assistant: Raoul Scheepe
Cast: Mohammed Ait-El-Cadi
Camera: Marijn Zurburg
Second Camera: Marc Slings
Editor: Jasper Verhorevoort
Sound Design: Ronnie van der Veer
Music: Anuar Brahem, Rutger Zuydervelt & Tim Catlin
Cast: Mohammed Ait-El-Cadi


  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (13 – 17 March, 2013) World premiere
  • Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht (25 September – 4 October, 2013)
  • Scenecs, The International Debut Film Festival, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (6 t/m 10 November, 2013)
  • Brest European Short Film Festival, France (12 – 17 November, 2013) International premiere