The mummy and the unicorn


Sanne, a 9-year-old girl, collects unicorns, because they help fight her fears at night. When Nevejan asked her what frightens her exactly, Sanne replies she’s afraid of mummies.

“I don’t want to be afraid anymore, I want for someone to take that mummy image from my brain, but I also don’t. The mummies should go, but the unicorns should stay.”

To Sanne, the dark is a place where anything can happen unexpectedly. And where the mummy appears. Who may eat her.
The mummy personifies her absence, the unicorn is her guardian angel. Sanne wants to get rid of her fears. But she’s afraid when doctors take away the image of a mummy, she will also lose the unicorns. And she doesn’t want that. Because unicorns make her happy.

Together with animator Bobby, she creates a paper mache mummy. She tells Bobby that she’d like to be a nursery teacher. Bobby says he thinks that’s a good plan because it’s the only job you are legitimately allowed to do crafts and Sanne is not allowed to do crafting at home. During crafting, the mummy becomes too cute, says Sanne. She finds ways with Bobby to make it meaner.

With Sandra Geisler of Lighthorse, a ‘horse whisperer’, she works with horses, the animals closest related to unicorns. It’s her first time riding a horse. In her white dress she rides Elvira through a Dutch landscape and calls out: “This is so cool, it is the happiest day of my life!”

Sanne’s experience has been captured in a picture of her mummy and a number of documentary horse film clips.

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