A Thousand Lakes

A Thousand Lakes

by Caro Haijen


The subject of my project is searching for my family history, getting to know my grandmother and confronting the complex family situation I knew growing up. It is about generational trauma, carrying a wound and the attempt of healing. The skin disease Psoriasis, which I share with my father, is a red thread through the film. I see our skin disease as the physical expression of our trauma. In the film, drawing-like images of psoriasis connect the different parts of the story. In a way I also carry my grandmother’s loss on my skin.


Caro Haijen is 29 years old and lives in Brussels. She studied art history and worked as a librarian and an archivist in an archive for religious art.