The Indian

De Indiaan

The Indian

Ineke Houtman

Film Education

»Most children come out of their mother‘s belly«, says the eight-yearsold Koos, »I come out of an aeroplane.« Yes, Koos comes from Peru and as a baby was adopted by a Dutch couple. He gets on very well with them, his grandfather is always there when needed, he is loved and he has a neighbourhood friend called Isa. However, when his adoptive mother becomes pregnant, he worries that his parents will now only care about their »own« baby. Indeed, Koos seems to be a bit of a worrier all-round: he‘s particularly afraid of water. Then one day, outside the supermarket, he meets Illari and his extended family who earn their money as Peruvian musicans busking in the High Street. They practice their Indian rituals on an island and soon Koos learns that he is a descendent of  the brave Incas! Even his parents can accept his interest in everything to do with the Indio culture, no longer having to dismiss it as »Indian nonsense«. And finally, they tell him that his original name means »water«. Koos is delighted that he bears a name that is the combination of his Indian name Yaku and that of his Dutch father Jaap (which is actually Jacobus, hence Koos).
Sensitively, realistically and with humour, Ineke Houtman tells this interesting story about an adopted child‘s search for his roots from the boy‘s perspective, using a simple plot to underline just how important it is to know your own identity.

Awards for ›De Indiaan‹
Kinderfilmpreis der Stadt Malmö, Malmö International Children and Young People‘s Film Festival 2010 | Ökumenischer Preis der Jury, Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2010 | Bester Film, Buenos Aires International Film Festival for Children and Youth Nueva Mirada 2010 | Prize of the Jury, London Children‘s Film Festival 2010


Ineke Houtman


Nynke Klompmaker


Sander Snoep


Elsbeth Kasteel


Simone Glavazi


Melcher Meirmans, Merlijn Snitker, Crisnanne Wiegel


Matthias den Besten, Bastiaan Ragas, Claire Lapadu, Angelique de Bruijne


Bos Bros. Film & TV Productions


Bos Bros. Film & TV Productions

Ineke Houtman

Born 1956 in Arnhem, Ineke Houtman studied literature before changing to the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam where she specialised in cinematography and film direction. As a director, nearly all of her films for both TV and the cinema have been children‘s films.

Films by Ineke Houtman (Selection)
Mijn Opa de Bankrover 2011 | Het sinterklaasjournaal (TV) 2009 | Sterke verhalen uit zoutvloed (TV) 2008 | Stille Nacht 2004 | Polleke 2003 | Madelief: Krassen in het tafelblad 1998