Caribbean Thilda Purperhart lives in the Bijlmer neighborhood of Amsterdam with her adult daughter Joyce. She prefers not to speak to anyone outdoors, particularly not about the mysterious disappearance of her son Kelvin. When Julius rings the doorbell and asks if Thilda knows what happened to his old school friend, she desperately tries to avoid the biggest cause of shame and grief in her life. However, as the evening draws to a close she can no longer hide the painful reality.
This intimate drama, which first-time director Raymi Sambo based on his eponymous play, focuses on the ‘culture of shame’ surrounding homosexuality and AIDS in the Surinamese/Antillean community. The all-black cast sensitively portrays the huge sorrow quarantined behind closed doors, how strong motherly love can be and how great the desire is to keep up appearances. What price are you prepared to pay for a ‘clean’ family reputation?