A Short film by Anon Banken
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LOCKLINEFour underprivileged youngsters feel obliged to make extreme decisions in order to escape their miserable homes.

My name is Anon Banken and as a kid I didn't exactly grow up in in a wealthy neighbourhood. The history and home situations of the characters in CATTLE FEED are all inspired by people close to me. I've seen many people who have tried to escape from their environment but this is always a struggle. This story shows the people who live in poverty in this country. In the Netherlands you don't die of hunger and you wear shoes to school but you can still live an unhappy and underprivileged life. Poverty, bad home environments and domestic violence are big themes in CATTLE FEED. With this film I hope to offer perspective in the lives of people growing up like I did, make the audience experience their way of thinking and draw attention to some themes that sadly, are still considered a taboo.

The stories CATTLE FEED draws its inspiration from took place in the '90's and early 00's. I want to make this film in the spirit of the times back then. Many of the makers come from environments that we show in the story. In a world that is driven by money it can seem impossible to make it when you have a bad start. Something the characters and makers of this movie struggle with on a daily basis. 

CATTLE FEED will be told from the perspective of four characters who are all influenced by their environment in some way. They are shaped by it and find comfort by hanging out together. We see Kim, Bas, Michael & Daniel in perhaps the most leading period of their lives. They decide to stage a kidnapping and try to escape where they came from. This plan goes terribly wrong and the fake kidnapping slowly transitions into an actual kidnapping.

We want to tell this story but we can't do it alone. Will you help us voluntarily kidnap Daniel?

Quote that inspired the maker

The Greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved and rejection is the hell he fears. I think everyone in the world to a small or large extend has felt rejection. And with rejection comes anger, and with ANGER some kind of crime in revenge for rejection, and with the crime guilt-and there is the story of mankind. I think that if rejection could be amputated, the human would not be what he is.
John Steinbeck
This project was successfully funded on 01-04-2019

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