In the Netherlands, the final year of elementary school means turmoil for the pupils and their parents. There is no escape from the pressure on children to score as high as possible on tests to get into the best secondary schools. Parents who can afford it pay for as many private lessons as possible; other parents put pressure on the teachers. This documentary shows pupils and parents from very different backgrounds going through this process. They struggle anxiously for the same goal: the best possible start in life.
Ingeborg Jansen (Amsterdam 1965) graduated in 1991 at NFTVA (documentary and montage) and in 2010 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Master Criminal Law). From 1991 on she has been working as an independent documentary film maker. In 2013 she made Troubled Children with Zeppers.
Director & camera Ingeborg Jansen, research Manon van der Sluys, sound David Spaans, line producer Edgar Kapp, executive producer Judith Vreriks, producer NCRV TV Yolande van der Blij, commissioning editor NCRV TV Jelle Peter de Ruiter, produced by Frank van den Engel.
A Zeppers Film production in cooperation with NCRV. Supported by CoBO.