Out & About

Film Block: K        Cinema:  LAB 2        Date:  02.03.18              Time: 4.45-6.15 PM

Out & About

Director: Koen Suidgeest

Country: Netherlands 

Runtime: 30 mins

Genre: Documentary / LGBT / Benelux


Parents of members of the LGBT community unwillingly find themselves in the closet once their son or daughter tells them they are gay. At some point, they too have to come out to the world around them. Yet in many countries, being open about their children is out of the question due to enormous social stigmas or anti-gay laws. Parents in particular find themselves stuck between society’s need to conformity and boundless love for their sons and daughters.

In Out & About, Koen Suidgeest portrays parents from Kenya, Russia and Indonesia, who talk about the challenges they face due to having a son or daughter who is gay. We follow the parents in their daily lives, while they talk to us about their stirring trials and triumphs.

Rated: 15

Q&A with producer Nadja Houben after this block




Koen Suidgeest is a documentary director, writer, and photographer from Amsterdam. A graduate of the Film Department of the University of the Creative Arts in England, Koen started as a cinematographer working on commercial campaigns, feature films, corporate projects and documentary film. Following a life-long dream, in 2002 he exclusively turned to creating his own documentary projects.

Koen’s interest resides in socially engaged projects with a strong focus on human rights. With his documentary Casting (2006) he became the first Dutch filmmaker to be nominated for a Spanish Academy Award (Goya). His multiple award-winning Karla’s Arrival (2011) was selected for more than 40 film festivals, broadcast in 14 countries, and won him widespread international recognition.