Achter de wolken schijnt de zon
Educational film about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of tuberculosis.
Mr van den Heuvel, a cobbler, lives with his wife and two small children in a one-room hovel in a dingy alley. He wants to work, but is usually too tired and is continuously coughing. He ignores the advice of his doctor to go to a health centre. His little daughter, Annetje, is not well either. At school she is listless, never wanting to play with her classmates. A visiting school doctor examines the girl and gives her a note for her parents, advising them to consult their doctor. Father considers this as nonsense.
On his way to deliver a pair of shoes he has mended, he passes the Tuberculosis Museum and, as admission is free, decides to have a look inside. There he learns all about the disease: what causes it, how it can be prevented and how it can be cured. This convinces him that he and his daughter must go to the health centre. The result of their medical examination is that he is sent to a sanatorium and Annetje must spend some time in the country.
Some months later, Father's health is improving rapidly, while Annetje has returned from the farm, where good food and plenty of fresh air and sunshine have made a happy and healthy child of her. In the meantime it has been arranged that upon Father's return he can work in a large, modern factory instead of at home. When Father is discharged from the sanatorium another pleasant surprise awaits him. Thanks to the efforts of a welfare worker, the family has been able to move to a house with a comfortable sitting-room, two bedrooms and - Mother's pride - a tiny kitchen. Tears of joy are shed when the family is reunited. The sun, so long hidden behind the clouds, is now shining for them in all its splendour.
Mrs. Van den Heuvel
Shoemaker Van den Heuvel
G. Donaldson, Of Joy and Sorrow. A Filmography of Dutch Silent Fiction, Amsterdam (1997), pp. 255-256
Centrale Commissie voor de Filmkeuring (Nationaal Archief; 2995)
Centrale Commissie voor de Filmkeuring (Nationaal Archief; 4855)