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ECFA Award Winner


English title: Totem
Original title: Totem
German title: Mein Totemtier und ich
Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, 2022

Director: Burger, Sander
Production company: Volya Films
Co-producers: Tarantula, Leitwolf
Age recommendation: 6 years and up
Length: 90 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Ama is 11 years old and a passionate swimmer. Together with her best friend Thijs, she spends most of her time practising for the upcoming championships. A child of Senagalese parents raised in the Netherlands, Ama feels completely Dutch and has little interest in her parents’ heritage. But when the Dutch authorities unexpectedly prepare to deport her family, Ama finds solace in the totem animal emerging from her mother’s tales of their homeland: a gigantic, magical porcupine.

Cinekid Amsterdam CFF 2022 (awarded), JEF CFF Vlaanderen 2023 (awarded), Luxembourg IFF 2023 (awarded), New York CFF 2023 (awarded), Freeze Frame CFF Winnipeg 2023, Tumbleweeds CFF Salt Lake City 2023, Kristiansand CFF 2023, Transilvania IFF Bucharest 2023, Biky CFF Busan 2023, Giffoni CFF 2023, Sarajevo IFF 2023, Buster Copenhagen 2023, Michel CFF Hamburg 2023 (awarded), Schlingel CFF Chemnitz (awarded), Lucas CFF Frankfurt 2023, KiJuKo CFF Bremen 2023 (awarded), Münster CFF 2023, Chicago CFF 2023 (awarded), JuniorFest Plzen 2023, Duesseldorf CFF 2023, Oulu CFF 2023 (ECFA Award), Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF 2023, Castellinaria CFF Bellinzona 2023 (awarded), Vilnius IFF 2023, SehPferdchen CFF Hannover 2024, Providence CFF 2024

Study guide: Danish

Study guide: German

Study guide: Italien

World sales address/es:
Skoop Media (NL)

Sold to:
Periscoop (NL)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)