Take Care of Maya

Screening Date: May 17, 2024
Directed by: Henry Roosevelt
When nine-year-old Maya Kowalski was admitted to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2016, nothing could have prepared her or her family for what they were about to go through. As the medical team tried to understand her rare illness, they began to question the basic truths that bound the Kowalskis together. Suddenly, Maya was in state custody despite two parents who were desperate to bring their daughter home. The story of the Kowalski family as told in their own words will change the way you look at children’s healthcare forever.

Child Protective Services in the Netherlands:
Child protective services (CPS) are meant to protect vulnerable children and help them. But in The Netherlands for already over a decade reports indicate that the CPS-system is failing; in NL more than 3000 children are removed from their family each year, the highest number in the world (per capita).
Children are e.g. locked up in “Closed CPS”, including Jason Bhugwandass (26) himself, who co-authored the latest report (March 2024) about the incidents, trauma etc.

The United Nations observes the International Day of Families on May 15th and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights its stated that a family is the fundamental group unit of society and that it should be protected from arbitrary interference. Then why, often the most vulnerable in society like the victims of the “Toeslagenaffaire“, suffer the most from the intrusion in their family life and potential violation of their human rights?


18.00-19.30 TransitieCinema Dinner (buy an online ticket for the dinner before May 15th!) provided by 5-star rated Indian restaurant Ootaa

19.30 Screening “Take Care of Maya”

21.15 Q&A with experts, including Corine de Ruiter, Chris de Waele, Daisy Petrona-Claase and Desiree van Doremalen

22.00 Drinks and discussion
Admission to the movie is FREE (but we appreciate donations!)
Make sure to arrive on time, the doors are closed when the movie starts or the venue is at full capacity.
DINNER is optional and vegetarian; you can buy your ticket online here
The movie and event are in English