Please Hold The Line

In the heart of Amsterdam a Dominican family runs a telephone centre and adjoining hairdresserÍs shop. Every day immigrants from all over the world call home. They have settled in Holland either for political, religious or economical reasons ƒ or purely for love.

‘Most people who enter my shop are sad when they come in and happy when they leave’ Fausto. Please Hold The Line tells some of their stories. Pari arrived from Iran sixteen years ago as a political refugee and relies on the shop to stay in contact with her parents. Tina regularly calls her lover, a soldier in Sri-Lanka, and Adnan uses the phone to manage his family estate back in Turkey. To all of them the telephone shop is their only way to keep in touch with a world they left behind. Their moving stories show how difficult it is for them to live between two cultures, their own and that of their new home.



Credits: Photography Stef Tijdink / Sound Bouwe Mulder / Editor Patrick Janssens

A Ryninks Films production in co-production with IKON Television.

Made with the participation of The Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Promotion Fund.

Sales Agent: Netherlands Public Broadcasting

Sold to: YLE TV2 Finland, DBS 1 / MICO Japan, TV8 Turkey, Kunstkanaal Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Versions: English subtitled, colour, 49 minutes.

Copyright: Ryninks Holding BV/IKON TV 1999

Selected for Prix Iris Europe, 2000




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