Ontmoet IFFR Young Selector Sharine


Rotterdam creatives Ilse Zijlmans, Sharine Rijsenburg, Ilse Xiang Yu Yeung and Boaz Schoevaars form the new IFFR Young Selectors. They take matters into their own hands by organising two film events: one before and one during the festival. From marketing to side-programming and production: these youngsters decide everything themselves! We asked them about their generation in Rotterdam, their most important IFFR moment and their plans with IFFR Young Selectors. Curious? Let’s get to know Sharine.

Tell us something about yourself.
I'm Sharine, I live in Rotterdam. Born and raised! I have a twin brother who I happen to live next door to now. I am 24 years old and studying for a master's degree in Visual Ethnography in Leiden. Before that, I studied at the University of Amsterdam, where I graduated with a Media & Information Bachelor’s degree. I was already very interested in film, which evolved in increasing interest for documentaries. That's how I ended up doing this master’s degree – for me, this is the perfect mix between documentary and anthropology. 

I interned at the production company HALAL. I was responsible for the research and production of their documentaries. And I got to be on set a couple of times, which was very cool. I kept working in the company for a little while until I needed all my time for finishing my thesis, which was about “identity construction within the representation of the female body”. Quite a mouthful, right? And, at the moment, I’m working alongside my studies at Spaghettata on the Nieuwe Binnenweg. Actually, I've been working in Rotterdam’s restaurants and bars since I was fifteen. 

As a Rotterdammer, what would you like to achieve with IFFR Young Selectors collective? 
Every day, I notice the thriving number of young creatives in Rotterdam. They, and I, are trying to look for a place to get inspired and to express ourselves. I want to share the stories that are featured during IFFR with all these young people. That is why I hope to be the link between the festival and the young Rotterdammers. We need to get them to other events besides the parties at TR Schouwburg, haha. There are so many films for young people – including the screenings organised by the IFFR Young Selectors –  I’d love to share it with my generation. 

What is your ultimate IFFR experience or film?  
Ooff.. Well, when I was sixteen I started volunteering at IFFR. Together with a group of friends, I worked during the festival as visitor support in Pathé Schouwburgplein. This was my first time at IFFR, and I immediately felt at home: I was able to watch four or five films a day, for eight days! That was the moment I understood what all the fuss what about. 

The coolest IFFR film I’ve seen is Capharnaüm by female director Nadine Labaki. The film starts with the twelve-year-old Zain from Beirut telling the judge that he wants to sue his parents. When the judge asks why he answers: "Because they gave birth to me". The rest of the film is so compellingly beautiful, not only because of Zain's acting but also because of the confrontational and magical images of street life in Lebanon. It's a wonderful film.