My Queen Karo focuses on the experiences of a girl living in a 1970s commune with her young, idealistic parents. Is that girl you?
I’m from Belgium, and we moved to Amsterdam, and for me, as a child, it
was a big change. I did go to an anti-authoritarian crèche, but we
didn’t actually live in a squat with a community. But it was very
common at that time to do so. The situation in Amsterdam was dire with
housing, so even “normal” families lived in squats. When I went to play
with my friends, I very often came into one of these communities. I
don’t have exactly the same story, but I was inspired by these
situations. I wanted to look at this through the eyes of a child. The
reality of grown-ups can be complicated, but a child sees only pieces
of reality, a part of it.