EN - Jean-Pierre Bauwens Junior, a 23-year-old junior world champion in the lightweight category of boxing, has a very special family: he is the oldest of seven siblings, four of whom suffer from autism. Junior doesn’t just fight for pride or glory, he is fighting for a better future for his family. But then tragedy strikes: one of his autistic brothers accidentally kills his father.

FR - Jean-Pierre Bauwens Junior est champion de boxe dans la catégorie poids léger. Il a 23 ans et une famille particulière. Il est le frère aîné d’une fratrie de sept enfants, dont quatre souffrent d’autisme. Junior ne combat pas seulement pour le succès et pour la gloire, il combat pour promettre un meilleur avenir à sa famille qui est pauvre. En se frayant un chemin vers le sommet, il a comme objectif d’acheter une plus grande maison pour sa famille. Mais un tragique accident se produit : l’un des frères autistes de Junior tue leur père par accident. Le film représente le choc entre une famille aimante et une réalité cruelle.


Original title JUNIOR
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre creative documentary
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-08-01


Cast Junior Bauwens and family
Photography Sien Versteyhe
Editing Tom Denoyette
Music Rauw en Onbesproken
Sound Design & Mix Thomas Vertongen
Color Grading Veerle Zeelmaekers

Technical specs

Running time film 54'
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Tax shelter partners Kormetal SA, Demasure Systems NV


Docville, Leuven, 2012, Official selection, (work-in-progress version) Honourable mention of the Jury

IDFA, Amsterdam, 2012, Doc market

Hotdocs, Toronto, 2013, Official selection (International premiere)

FIPA, Biarritz, 2013, Doc market

Millenium Documentary film festival, Brussels, 2013, Official selection

Visions du Réel, Nyon, 2013, Doc market

Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, 2013, Doc market

Flahertiana documentary film festival, Perm (Russia), Official selection, 2013

Flagstaff Mountain film festival, Flagstaff (USA), Official selection, 2013


Docville, 2012 Honourable mention of the Jury

Flagstaff Mountain film festival, 2013 Best Action/Sports Film

JUNIOR and The Circle join Hot Docs line-up

Sien Versteyhe’s JUNIOR and Bram Conjaert’s VAF Wildcard film The Circle have been selected for the 20th edition of Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival (25 April-5 May). Both medium-length films are screening in the fest’s International Spectrum category, making them eligible for the Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary, as well as the Audience Award. The Only Son, a minor co-production with Flanders, is selected for the World Showcase section. Along with IDFA, Hot Docs is one of the world’s foremost documentary film festivals.

Sien Versteyhe's JUNIORJUNIOR is premiering internationally at Hot Docs after a work-in-progress of the film had screened at the Belgian Docville fest, receiving a Special Mention from the International Jury. Bram Conjaerts’ The Circle was also added to the fest’s Official Selection and is to receive its world premiere in Toronto.

Published on Wednesday 20 March 2013

A Flemish touch to Belgian festival bills

This week, the Open Doek Festival (20 – 29 April) kicked off in Turnhout, while Leuven is getting ready for the 8th edition of the International Documentary Festival DOCVILLE (27 April – 5 May). Both programs house a large selection of Flemish titles, ranging from Daniel Lambo’s Dry Branches of Iran to Berlinale attendees Anton Corbijn Inside Out andAsparragos.

Christoph Bohn's The Boy is GoneFor the eighth consecutive year, DOCVILLE highlights the best documentaries and awards prizes in various sections. This year, Flanders is well represented in its national competition with more than ten short and feature-length film titles.

Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012

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Director Sien Versteyhe
Producers Wouter Sap
Writers Sien Versteyhe

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