At the time of Cees Moerman’s death, his only daughter had not seen him for 15 years. In her twentieth, she had asked him to stop drinking. When he said he couldn’t, she cut off contact completely. Now, ten years after breaking all ties, and seven years after his death, she sets out to find her father’s grave. Poetically merging archive material, new footage and an immersive soundscape, The Third Dad is a personal journey that interweaves memory, self-discovery and a desperate attempt at reconciliation.
Theresa Moerman Ib is a Scottish-based filmmaker and visual artist. Born in the Netherlands in 1977 to a Dutch father and a Danish mother, she grew up between England, Belgium and Denmark. She has a BA in English from the University of Southern Denmark and a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography from the Glasgow School of Art.
Exhibiting work to wide acclaim in the UK, Theresa was selected for the Catlin Guide, received the Adam Bruce Thomson Award at the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries, was awarded an Artist Bursary from Creative Scotland and was recently shortlisted for the Magnum/Photo London Graduate Photographers Award. The Third Dad is her first documentary.
The Third Dad (2015)