Directed by Maasja OomsIngrid Wender • Documentary • 2011 • 59 minutes
Getting a complete overview of all the important moments in your life in a single moment; experiencing an indescribable lightness and getting a complete overview of all the important moments in your life in a single moment; experiencing an indescribable lightness and gentleness; hearing divine music and being welcomed by the deceased you loved in your life: Near Death Experiences.
Industrial designer Sam van Haaster, in a quest for freedom, goes on a solo skiing trip to the North Pole. When he is buried under metres of snow of an avalanche he caused himself, he is miraculously and unexpectedly saved.
Koos van Rijswijk, a thoroughly working-class big-city dweller, was not the trusting type until, after a motor scooter accident, he is met by a welcoming committee in heaven.
A university-trained engineer, Henriette ter Braake, ends up in hospital after a pulmonary embolism. She can’t breathe and as the nurses are running around in a panic calling for oxygen, Henriette suffocates and takes off.
Afterwards, life is no longer the same for any of them. What they have in common is that they went through something exceptional, that they were hardly believed, and that the impact of the experience on their daily lives is immense. They are no longer afraid of death.