Short Film Spotlight: Dust

A new 40-minute short film from the Netherlands, Dust follows Alko (Henk Jan Doornbosch), an average teen boy living in the Dutch countryside.

Alko’s thoughts are occupied with girls, carbide-shooting and his changing body. While he and his best friend Bj√∂rn (Liam Feikens) are struggling with their emerging sexuality, the locals begin to suspect that Alko may be gay. This troubles him so much that he makes a decision he will come to regret.

Director Joren Molter examines toxic masculinity, the expectations put on young men to conform and the coming of age process between best friends in a small rural village community. Between agricultural weekend work and partying, dealing with other adolescent boys and girls, one kiss can make a big difference. The urge to fit in, to uphold image and peer pressure forces the boys to make choices that will greatly affect their friendship.

Watch the trailer for Dust below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.