Documentary about youngsters stored on isolated farmhouse wins tv set award

3 of the ‘children’ and documentary director. Image: Sem van der Wal ANP Kippa

The documentary sequence The Children of Ruinerwold by Jessica Villerius has been voted the very best tv programme of 2021.

It is the 1st time, the Golden Televizier Ring, a prize dependent on a general public vote, has been presented to a documentary maker.

The documentary tells the story of the four eldest little ones in the loved ones kept in isolation by their father Gerrit Jan D at a farm in the Drente village of Ruinerwold.

The relatives were being found out two decades back when one particular of the sons ventured out to a close by bar to question for assist.

Police arrested the father for keeping his 6 young children virtual prisoners and the sexual abuse of two of them. He was uncovered unfit to stand trial simply because of a stroke he experienced experienced before. Van D now lives with his youngest son and 4 of his sisters who arrived out in guidance for him.

Documentary maker Jessica Villerius satisfied the children in 2019 and filmed them above a period of 18 months.

The series is an personal, accurate crime drama which does not exploit its protagonists, media expert Dan Hasser-Forest explained to broadcaster NOS. ‘This has been accomplished in a respectful way, with adequate area for the small children to tell in their own phrases what transpired to them.’

The more mature youngsters on their own ended up also existing at the award ceremony.  ‘That exhibits the community they are undertaking well. Viewers like a content ending,’ Hassler-Forest said.

A single of the children, Edino, showing on talkshow Op1, explained collaborating in the documentary experienced felt like ‘a new beginning’. ‘No make a difference what you have been as a result of in your lifestyle you really should be open about it and hardly ever be ashamed,’ he said.

He additional that he regretted the absence of his other siblings. ‘I would have favored all nine of us to be listed here. But all people tends to make their individual final decision about staying in the general public eye or not. The prize is for us all, I imagine.’

Vallerius’ documentary conquer contenders soap Een huis vol and drama collection Mocro Maffia to just take the award.

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