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Published on Nov 13, 2012
DAD OR A LIFE A classic road movie that tackles a contemporary problem: how to make contact with a father who doesn't want to get involved? The forced pun of the film's title describes exactly how the main character, Sandra Van Slooten, feels. The daughter of a German mother and an American father, when she receives the first letter from her dad in 17 years, she decides to go and visit him. He lives in a mobile home on an Indian reservation near the Mexican border. But when she finally arrives there, it turns out that he has moved on to Seattle. Van Slooten decides to set off on the long trip north, visiting Mormon family members and her father's friends along the way. In not necessarily chronological, but strict geographical order, we get to know the history and members of this exceptional family. Van Slooten's journey is interspersed with old home movies and photos, as well as with quotes from the letters her father has sporadically written to her and her mother over the years. Accompanied by her observations on contemporary America, we travel along the Western Seaboard with her, looking for a father who apparently doesn't want to be found.
A documentary by Sandra Van Slooten and Volker Maria Engel. Music composed and performed by Richard Bargel.
Awarded at the Dokuwettbewerb/Bayerischer Rundfunk & Telepool. Invited to Doc Clinic/Berlinale Talent Campus, Mentor Andres Veiel. Supported by Filmfoundation NRW. World Premiere at IDFA Competition for First Appearance, Amsterdam 2011. Invited to HOT DOCS 2012, DocShop