“The truth comes from a hasn’t anything?” Let’s have to truly listen to what children have to say. In the new Kinderkopkes is Kristel Verbeke from Monday the 19th of February, with boys and girls between 9 and 13 years old in conversation about what interests them. She talks with them about their goal in life, busy parents, all about luck, but also about brute bad luck. Not the parents, teachers, or experts, but the children themselves tell you how they live.
Simply by talking, giving the children Kristel a look in their head. Their pure look, without prejudices, stereotypes, and other adult fantasies, makes for a smile or do just have to swallow.
How are children in your life?”
Kinderkopkes is the first television programme for adults in which children are the only true interlocutor. If it’s about how children think, how they feel, what they need or where they struggle, it is very often adults do the talking. But how children see life itself? What are they worried about? Where are they happy?
Each episode is Kristel Verbeke’s expanded in conversation with one child. She looks them over long periods of time regularly for a chat. Every situation and every place is a starting point for a new conversation. She delves into their world and standing with the children are quiet at the things that we all of us sometimes ask questions about them. They take the time to each other to get to know and talk together about themes that allows anyone to create, such as education, love, perfectionism, health, pride, prejudice, and grief. Little by little it becomes clear that every child has his or her own perspective on life.
Kinderkopkes looks through the eyes of six different children to the large and small things in life and the world around us. A boy with a passion for football, to a girl that grows up without a dad, and a son who helps on the farm of his parents: a piece of ordinary, but at the same time very pain children, each with their own view on the world.
Not only the children share their story: the viewer learns Kristel itself a little better to know. On the way from and to the kids are calling it from the car with her family and friends. Sometimes it’s about very ordinary, everyday things; sometimes she talks about something she just with a child have been discussed. Every conversation, every encounter with her an impression that she wants to share. So is the series, full of recognizable moments and themes relevant.
That Kristel Verbeke Kinderkopkes, is no coincidence. She has been active for years working with children: not only Q3, but also as an ambassador for the Been and as the presenter of the Teen program, Generation K. At Kinderkopkes Kristel part of the productieploeg and thought about each facet of the program: from the content to the look and feel.
Kristel: “After years of with children to work together, I am convinced that we, as adults children as full-fledged interlocutor. Children are for me not only playing these cheeky chimps, but little people who have the right to have a say and their own opinion.”
From that idea came Kinderkopkes: a program about the world of children, but on the size of adults. She treats children as equals and talk to them about life. She asks questions that we are not so quick to ask to a child. As a result, there is sometimes surprisingly mature answer. By the open way of talking was often a prejudice and taboos just hold to discuss what both Kristel as the children for surprising insights.
As taught Kristel Emma, a girl whose father died: “I asked her if she ever advice of adults, and if they are in there. Very disarming when a girl of twelve said: ‘Ge, especially yourself… A bit of advice from others to follow, but especially on your own instinct.’”
There is a long way to get to the right children. The team of Kinderkopkes went looking for children between nine and thirteen years of age: young enough to really be a child, old enough to already be able to reflect on life. The content was important that the children from your own experience about certain life themes were interaction, such as friendship, pride, high expectations or materialism.
Kristel: “We are deliberately not go looking for children in a problem situation. Because we believe that every child has so much to tell. Children in different families, with each their view on the world.”
By the intimate conversations gives viewers a unique glimpse into the minds of children. And that lingers.
Kristel: “After each call, I had that feeling that you get when you have a film you saw which you the content with anyone wants to share. You keep talking about it talking about, because it stays in your head.”
Episode 1: Emma (19 February)
When Emma was nine years old, her dad killed in a car accident. Today – two and a half years later – learn Kristel know her as a cheerful, dreamy thinker. Together, they talk extensively about the death and grief: two things that many people just didn’t like to talk about it. Emma tells how it is for your dad to miss, how your mom can comfort, about hereditary characteristics and well-meaning advice of adults.
Kinderkopkes: from February 19, every Monday at 21.30 hours on One.