Melissa Martens
The Netherlands 2015, DCP, color, 19 min., Dutch/Arabic OV w/English ST Austrian Premiere

Honorable Mention - Noordelijk Film Festival, Leeuwarden 2015
“Best Film” - De Ronde Venen Open Film Festival, Vinkeveen 2015
“Best Actress” - De Ronde Venen Open Film Festival, Vinkeveen 2015

Nassira is a 13-year-old Dutch girl from Moroccan descent. Her friends call her Nasser because she feels different than other girls. Nasser acts like a boy and she dislikes girl stuff. But when she has her first period, her mother thinks it is time to behave like a young woman. Does Nasser feel the same way?

Melissa Martens
Director and screenwriter Melissa Martens was born in Emmeloord, Netherlands, in 1986. She studied at Deltion College and graduated in Direction and Screenwriting from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2015. She has wide experience as a camera operator and light technician. Before Nasser (2015), which she presented for her diploma, she had written and directed the short films Onder de Grond (2009) and It’s a Boy (2010).

06/13 8:00 PM / Filmcasino

Melissa Martens

Written by: Melissa Martens, Kim van Noord.
Edited by: Bram Baas.
Director of Photography: Rick Griemink.
Costume Design: Induella Lucenda.
Makeup: Marloes de Jonge.
With: Dounia Allane, Khadija Massaoudi, Fahd Larhzaoui, Sedona Uekermann-Laville, Rachida Farsi, Sami Ballafkir, Remco Coppejans, Ghita Seghrouchnis.