Tom Fassaert

graduated in 2006 from the Dutch Film Academy with his acclaimed short Documentary Doel Leeft. In 2011 Fassaert finished his debute feature length documentary An Angel in Doel, which premiered on the Berlinale Forum. The film was screened on more than 40 International festivals and won several international awards. A Family Affair will be his second Feature length documentary.


Cockerill est a Nous, 2004; Doel Leeft, 2006; Sons of the Sun, 2007; L'Homme et la Forêt, 2008; Ellipse, An Angel in Doel, 2011; 2011; Marinus Boezem, 2013; A Family Affair, 2015.
Grand Prix for the best film of the festival – “Big Golden Nanook”

A Family Affair (12+)

the Netherlands, 2015, colour, 115 min.
Director: Tom Fassaert
On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother Marianne to come visit her in South Africa. At that time, the only thing he knows about her are the myths and The only thing he knows about her are the stories his father told him. She was a femme, a famous model in the 1950s, and a mother that put her sons into the orphanage. Tom decides to accept her invitation. But when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession, his venture becomes much more complicated than he could have ever imagined.


IDFA – Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary, It’s all True Fetival – Best Film Award of the International Competition,Millenium Film Festival – Special Jury award for most innovative and original Film.