NAF Alumni: Movie screening and Panel Discussion of ‘Mum’ with Adelheid Roosen

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Date(s) - 10/17/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pace University


The Alumni Committee of the Netherland-America Foundation

invites you to

Movie screening and Panel Discussion of


a Film by Adelheid Roosen

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 6pm

I don’t see her dissolving
I see her appearing,
I see her as an Alice in Wonderland.
She is falling through time
I choose to fall with her

“Mum” (5 stars) is the 20-minute minimal yang to the 111-minute maximal “Stars”. It reminded me of my favorite Edgar Allen Poe quotation: “I became insane — with intervals of horrible sanity.” The subject is Dutch director Adelheid Roosen’s mother, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease who talks incoherently, with intervals of horrible coherence — in a series of short vignettes at her nursing home. With her sister at an art table, Mum ends up eating the paint.With her sweet son-in-law, she examines his foot and they hilariously feed each other bon-bons. In a sudsy bathtub for two, her eldest daughter gently strokes and daubs her face in bubbles — a superb reprise of which constitutes the film’s ending.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette film critic

Movie Screening of Mum
followed by Q&A with
Adelheid Roosen
Moderated by
Catherine Rogers, MFA, MS
Lecturer of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University

Pace University
157 William Street
New York, NY 10038


Registration Required

Photo credit: Erwin Maas, Co-Chair NAF Alumni Committee



About Adelheid Roosen
Adelheid Roosen is an actress and director. You may know her as a member of theater group Purper, as a performer of The Vagina Monologues (along with Adele Bloemendaal, Katja Schuurman and Nelly Frijda), as author and director of The Veiled Monologues, and many other theater performances, such as those with Toneelgroep Amsterdam. A few of her accomplishments as director are Vergeef, ze weten niet wat ze doen (De Bloeiende Maagden) and pieces by Sarah Kroos. She has appeared and contributed to several TV shows, such as Het Andere Net, VARA’s Nachshow, Lolapaloeza, Kerst a la Bloemen, and Jouw Vrouw, Mijn Vrouw VIPS. In film she has made lasting contributions with Mama is boos!, Het Zakmes, Broos, Niemandland and many others. Her film Mum was nominated for Best International Documentary at the Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, and has won a prize at the International Film Festival Kos Ippokratis in Greece. The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre announced that Adelheid Roosen of The Netherlands has been chosen to receive the 2017 LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.

About Catherine Rogers 
Catherine Rogers is a playwright and performer. She is a lecturer in the Masters Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and holds her M.F.A in Playwriting from the University of Texas where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. For more than 20 years she has been designing and teaching writing classes and workshops for universities, schools, and theatres including NYU, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Columbia University, and as a teaching artist for Theatre for a New Audience. Catherine has long harbored the conviction that the arts and the sciences belong side by side, that artists and scientists have much to offer each other in the process of discovery. That conviction led her in 2011 via circuitous route—including a Fulbright to Greece and an encounter with the Theatre of War—to the Columbia University Program in Narrative Medicine where she earned the M.S. in 2015. Since arriving at Columbia, she has had the pleasure to conduct Narrative Medicine lectures and workshops in such venues as Brooklyn Lutheran Hospital, the Aristotle University School of Medicine in Greece, the Takis Sinopoulos Poet’s House in Athens, the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and the Columbia University program for pre-med undergraduates.

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