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Using unorthodox methods youth worker Michell tries to break the destructive behavioural patterns of teenagers living in care.
Rosalie (13) has been (cyber)bullied online. Can the digital world be transformed from 'monster' into 'buddy'?
Like her hero Greta Thunberg, Jovanna goes on climate strike every Friday, right in the center of town.
A cinematic ‘relay race’ in which 10 men aged between 1 and 99 tell each other how to live.
In 100UP we meet a colourful collection of 100+ year-olds from different backgrounds and cultures, all of whom still enjoy life to the full.
Twelve-year old Jose from Rotterdam finally feels at home within a group of notorious stunt cyclists.
A disarming and moving examination of a subject many of us can hardly imagine: sex at an older age.
9 Days portrays the first nine days of the rapidly changing uprising in Aleppo, observations recorded by the renowned Syrian photographer Issa Touma from his window in the old city.
In 900 DAYS, survivors of the 2nd World War Siege of Leningrad finally dare to talk about their personal memories.
If this piece of music had never been composed the lives of many people would have been fundamentally different.
AFTER explores the restless young adults who push their physical and mental boundaries every weekend to discover 'the meaning of life' in a world that is asleep.
Hedge-fund boss Sebastiaan inhabits a harsh world where major conglomerates hold all the cards. To succeed, therefore, he must be prepared to go all the way...
In order to meet future care demands for an elderly population suffering from the twin perils of loneliness and dementia, the ‘carebot' Alice has been developed.
A disturbing, observational film that portrays the daily life and deepest emotions of a young, homeless girl who is in danger of going off the rails.
ALL AGAINST ALL investigates the nature of fascism based on its remarkable history within the Netherlands.
The young and talented painter Aad Donker loses his grip on life in search of a lost paradise.
A quest without result for a street named Kapellekensbaan, the main location within L.P. Boons' literary masterpiece.
AMONG HORSES AND MEN is about the still, untouched moment of self-reflection in the life of prisoners.
A cinematic poem about four young creative women in an Egypt, where the dreams of the revolution have begun to unravel.
A film director reconstructs the murder of his sister-in-law.
If Andy (13) doesn’t find any new members for his local army troupe, it will come to an end. But the children from his village prefer other hobbies.
Facing the advancing Antwerp docks, the village of Doel and its few remaining inhabitants struggle against the inevitable.
A film about three women fighting for social justice in an African American church in Philadelphia. One day, a Mexican immigrant asks the church to give her sanctuary.
Anne is going to live together with her friend Jean-Paul. She has Down’s Syndrome while he has Fragile X Syndrome. How do they manage?
Another Dream brings to life the gripping, true story of an Egyptian lesbian couple.
In search of virtual paradise.
An intimate and revealing portrait of a highly influential artist.
‘Going out and Risking Everything like This Is Really Important’ - René Redzepi.
Two very on-orthodoxe developed a method to tame unadapted adolescents.
This essay film explores the filmmaker's own memory through the different realms, narratives, and images young people experience during moments of absence.
In 2013 the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra toured the whole world to celebrate its 125th anniversary: 50 concerts spread over 6 continents.
Confined to a psychiatric hospital, a young man suffering from depression tries to get back on his feet, relying on his musicality and his indestructible sense of humour.
Ingrid, Vicky and Sabrina cope with breast cancer in various forms.
Babaji is waiting for death to re-unite him with his wife.
After 65 years, Anneke embarks upon an inevitable confrontation with a past filled with taboos.
The terror attacks on the famous five-star hotel in Mumbai (2008) form the motive to investigate the impact of fear.
Traditional farmers within a remote village in Laos meet the outside world via the tourists that visit them.
Daniel Hoek searches for his father in order to finally come to terms with his past.
Compared to a closed prison this is heaven. Compared with freedom, this is still hell
In the company of a pastor, an assassin and a crime reporter, this film examines the fine line between good and evil in the world's most dangerous city.
A film that explores the exclusive world of the "citizen investigative journalists" collectively known as Bellingcat.
A film about the political machinations surrounding a handkerchief-sized piece of land.
A journey at high altitude seen through the eyes of three mysteriously connected hikers.
BERLIN DIARY is a visual account of my observations in Berlin, focusing particularly on the city’s non-Germans.
Three interwoven storylines bound by a single theme: abalone poaching.
Behind the scenes and into the minds of the world's most famous Warcraft players.
Alex Pitstra is the child of a European mother and a Tunisian playboy father. The majority of his life his father was absent, but after more than twenty years Alex invites his half-sister Jasmin to travel to Tunisia with him.
An intimate documentary about the unique bond between Dave and his owl Tristan. Dave shares everything with his bird. Now, Dave is about to try and overcome his fears by training eagle Juul.
As they attempt to share the air, will man manage to get his own way, or will nature have the final say in this battle for the skies?
A film about the blind lottery vendors in Spain who sell ‘illusions” every day.
Who determines the fate of the fox? Man or fox itself?
A film about boredom.
Is the smell of imported roses so sweet indeed?
The search for a better life in Europe, and the many borders that must be crossed to find it.
Poetry, the Russian mafia, suicide and love.
The interaction between human actions determines the historical process. That is why individual decisions are of great importance. - Hans Blom (NIOD)
As a self appointed God Theo Jansen pursues an impossible dream. Making new life out of PVC tubes, tiewraps and sails. How far will he come with his fairytale?
Adventures of a Dutch expat in Cameroon.
Nicu, a young homeless boy, is adopted by Bruce Lee, the notorious "King of the Underworld", and goes to live with him in the tunnels beneath Bucharest.
In this carefully composed portrait of six guide dogs and their owners, Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human.
The beauty and suffering of a country emerging from five decades of authoritarian rule as expressed through its poetry.
Wessel is facing a dilemma. Will he follow his father into the butcher business? Or will he choose to have a future working with living animals?
Three young men are about to become fathers - this film focusses on that the moment when their lives are going to change forever.
Dutch minority co-production.
Martin makes a 70-day journey on foot to Spain, an adventure which he records on his iPhone in an attempt to take stock of his life.
A home for the elderly has changed into a factory.
The story of a small village in a big universe.
With the help of extraordinarily dedicated mentors, a center in Rotterdam helps young men from problematic backgrounds try to find a way into 'normal' society again.
Dutch minority co-production.
12-year-old Che has a vivid imagination and loves creepy stuff.
Time seems to stand still for four young elderly people on the floor of The Dance Palace.
Documentary about the blues, set in Clarksdale, Mississippi - birthplace of the Delta blues and second home of Theo Dasbach of the Rock & Blues Museum.
Nobody wants to fight kickboxer Chellina anymore because she is too good. Will she continue kickboxing or give up?
After years in solitary captivity, the chimpanzees in a Dutch rescue centre must learn to live with members of their own species again.
A film that shows how immigration has reshaped Europe since the 1950s.
The Claim follows the work of The Restitutions Committee that investigates and advises on artworks with an unresolved war past.
A documentary that portrays the young Dutch cycling team, Argos-Shimano, that is desperate to show that winning is possible without doping.
The Willpower community centre and music school is a safe haven for outcasts of society. But they may have to close their doors to make way for urban development. Can they find the willpower to preserve their beloved sanctuary?
As we follow Sjoerd Vlemmings, the coach of the first Dutch skateboard team, we see the effect of the Olympics on skateboarding and the reach of Sjoerd’s ambition - how he must lead ‘his’ sport to Olympic success.
Behind the closed doors of the contemporary funeral trade, a fascinating look at an ancient industry that is changing rapidly since the influx of more and more young women.
A documentary about the everyday life of children during and after the Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East Indies.
After WWII Indonesian Dutch were forced to repatriate to their original homeland: the Netherlands.
Women living in a free world have many choices as to how to present and express themselves. Do their choices show who they truly are, or do they express conventions of 'how to be'?
Documentary about the violent gang The Crips.
A visual journey through the work of the Chinese artist He Duoling is a move towards an understanding of non-Western aesthetics and philosophy.
A confrontational look at the shared, and concealed, grief of Curaçao.
The Cyclist shows what bike culture brings about in the city and cross society at large.
Trying to get a handle on his life and depression, Daan confronts his father, photographer Ed van der Elsken, who died in 1990.
Six-year-old Aiden says goodbye to his father, a soldier in the US Army bound for Afghanistan.
Four people with Parkinson's Disease have a new and intense physical experience when they attend a dance class.
Dutch minority co-production.
Two Iranian sisters look to the future after they give new shape to their lives.
A modest observation of the relationship between humanity and nature, revealing the hidden beauty of each single day in its pure simplicity. A slow film that transmits the experience of time as reality.
Dutch minority co-production.
A candid portrait of a close-knit family: a father and his two sons, one of whom was born deaf.
In the southern Spanish village of Frigiliana, time has not healed the wounds from the Franco era. Even now the murder of a villager in 1952 divides the community.
In the intimacy of the studio Peter Delpeut captures the dancers of the LeineRoebana company as they rehearse. A choreography of faces and glances: physical, intense, concentrated, extrovert.
Dutch lawyers Michiel Pestman and Victor Koppe travel to Cambodia to defend Nuon Chea, also known as Brother no. 2, the man behind Pol Pot.
Dating from 300 BC to the late 19th century, three historical accounts of Arctic travellers in search of the unknown, told in different shades of white.
DESTINATION BERLIN shows images from the lives of immigrants and a native ‘Berliner’. Though never 'at home', the foreigners say they can make a home anywhere.
Putting theory into practice in the most modern prison in The Netherlands.
Devil's Pie - D'Angelo is an intimate, moving and surprising portrait of one of the most mysterious figures in the contemporary music scene: D'Angelo.
A flash mob of elderly dancers at Dam Square in Amsterdam.
The story of a top Dutch racing pigeon who ends up in Beijing, told from the perspective of the bird.
The search for the writer of a mysterious diary that the filmmaker found on Ebay.
An Amsterdam-based homeless choir is studying for a special opera called The Disciples that reflects tough life on the street.
What runs deeper? The love for an animal or the love for its meat?
When her 88-year-old father moved home, estranged daughter Hella de Jonge acquired the legacy of her great aunt who survived the Nazi terror along with Hella's parents.
A young woman is given the lead in a film based on the dramatic events of her own life story.
The writings of Henriette Roland Holst (1869–1952) give an insight into her deepest dilemmas; old images lead us through turbulent years.
Portrait of the autistic Hindu boy Drona.
Escaping society for a life in the Norwegian mountains with only his horse Lettir as for companionship, Nils shares his dream-life with the online world.
A film about the successful and prosperous villagers of Bloemendaal, a city in the Netherlands.
When I was little I wanted nothing other than to become one thing: Rowan, my beautiful sister, who was two years my senior.
We enter the world of the miniature book...
A film about Barnett Newman's ever-controversial work Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III - and its vandalization and restoration, which made matters even worse.
Investigative documentary into the origin of food and the moral choices and dilemmas we are forced to confront.
How to help Congo's poor to benefit from Africa's poverty?
A labyrinthine narrative in which people such as Peter Sellars, Emio Greco, Simon Halsey and painter Rinke Nijburg relate their special relationship with the music of Bach.
Esma is a 14-year-old kickboxing talent with glamorous dreams of becoming the world's best fighter. She also suffers the constant fear of losing her seriously ill mother. Can she fight for a future that is both exciting and terrifying?
A portrait of the EC Second in Command over two hectic years. An inside story told at the highest level.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.”
- Henry David Thoreau
Chinese women of various ages talk frankly about sex and love, shame, taboos and the prevailing traditional mores surrounding sexuality.
Tom Fassaert explores the history of his family, one that is characterized by conflict. His journey becomes complicated when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession.
The story of the only female passenger on the journey around the world of the Graf Zeppelin.
FAREWELL PARADISE shows the search for a truth within a broken family.
FATHER investigates the complicated relationship between a father and his adolescent son with whom hasn't been in touch with for 6 years, due to their turbulent past.
"Being black and gay means being two steps behind in life." In Father Figure, Vogue dancer Guilliano and his friends share personal experiences of homophobia, racism and marginalization and the ways in which they seek solace and a sense of community.
When a man is asked to help with a police investigation concerning the disappearance of 3 women, a horrifying truth is confessed during an absorbing 10 hour interrogation.
Personal anxiety disorders in the crowded city of Amsterdam.
Amber (12) doesn't have hair so will never know the sensation of the wind blowing through it, like shampoo models. But Amber is positive about her situation. Every year she chooses a new wig and gets to decide what kind of girl she wants to be.
FIGHTING FOR PEACE is about a boxing school in one of Rio’s most violent slums, which provides young people with an alternative to a life in the drug trade.
The youth documentary FLYING ANNE shows how Anne lives life with her tics. Tics that, in the end, she doesn’t want to lose either...
Johannes Hogebrink is an artist with a dream: inspired by Laika and Otto Lilienthal, he wants to teach his dog how to fly.
A road movie through South Africa. Vredeveld asks if there’s still room for white people, after Apartheid. Can she feel at home again in her own country?
It's probably the most memorable lesson of high school: sexual education. The children seem embarrassed, but they are nonetheless very curious - and what's going on in their minds?
It takes devotion to teach kids that are facing deportation. It takes determination to teach kids arriving from a war zone.
The sea is the crucial space of globalization.
I travel back home to China to revisit my family and my illegal childhood.
Anne Fee (10) forms a band with her mentally disabled housemates to perform at the neighbourhood BBQ. While writing a song about their future dreams, they wonder how very different their will futures be…
A stunning docu-feature that takes you on an inspiring journey towards a sustainable future.
An inexperienced captain on a rescue mission sails towards the Libyan coast with a group of young volunteers, to face and address an immense refugee problem.
The story of Josef Ganz, the automotive visionary whose designs led to the Volkswagen Beetle and was forced into exile by Hitler's Germany.
A film about how people deal with the financial crisis.
A different film about Alzheimer's.
A film that shows the Dutch Immigration Service’s stringent selection procedure for political asylum in The Netherlands
Andy is 23 and living the good life within Shanghai's sparkling gay scene. But all the time he is on the hunt for a suitable lesbian girl to propose to.
A story about five young people who feel neither male nor female, but rather place themselves somewhere inbetween.
We float above the plains of the Flevopolder, the last land reclamation project of the Dutch government. We see how farmers carry out their duties in that ordered landscape.
In prison Viggo wonders why he developed from a sensitive little boy into a merciless criminal. He decides to give up crime for good, and immerses himself into his past to avoid making the same mistakes again.
This documentary shows how the Dutch cope with the far-reaching and unexpected consequences of natural gas extraction in the northern province of Groningen.
Giovanni (10) wants to compete in the Dutch Synchronized Swimming Championships, but this is considered a typical girls’ sport.
In an animal shelter, vulnerable animals and people come up against today's spirit of the age, in which love and compassion are weighed against efficacy and results.
On an old airfield, patrolled by military, Conijn crawls through a hole in the fence. Planes can no longer take off here and people live in tattered white tents on and alongside the runway. Conijn wants to meet them, to see who they are. He films them, without focusing on a single person, and seems uninterested in tales of hardship.
Loneliness hides behind closed doors and around every corner. But can you ﬁght it without facing your own fear of death?
A former Islamic fundamentalist changes from a hateful and spiteful jihadist to a free citizen who renounces violence.
A stylised documentary about what happens to donated items of clothing from the moment they are discarded.
Composer Nader Mashayekhi dreams of a modern Iranian Philharmonic Orchestra. His dream becomes true - but then times change in Iran.
Gracious is deaf but lives just like any other girl her age. One day, a terrible thing happened to her: she was raped by her cousin.
Documentary about the filmmaker’s 94-year-old grandma and her 30-year-old cousin, two adventurers in the Dutch health care system, on their last journey together.
The problems of a heating company in Greece show a society in crisis, struggling to stay warm, both in a climate sense and in terms of human relationships.
Behind a green screen, a foreigner journeys through an enchanting - yet turbulent - Brazil. A place where the streets are a stage for politics, art and affection, and where a gringo can only watch.
Peter Greenaway constructs an alphabet for and with his daughter Zoë as a blueprint of his life.
GREETINGS FROM ALEPPO introduces us to the lives and stories of everyday people, so that they don’t remain unknown to us and their stories will not be lost.
GROWN IN DETROIT shines light on an incredible effort that istaking place in Detroit.
They risked their lives for freedom after 500 years of colonialism. Now the Grannies struggle to live in a globalized Mozambique.
A mercilessly humorous portrait of the filmmaker who, in a desperate attempt to save her relationship, visits all her ex-boyfriends.
A haunting history, scarred by the war within South Sudan.
Dutch minority co-production.
Sil (10) and Merlijn (11) have heard stories about the children who live in refugee camps from their mothers who work there. Now they want to meet these kids themselves. Will this be the start of a new set of friendships?
A documentary about our inability to control fate.
Former Yugoslavian refugee turned musician Robert Soko journeys through Europe in search of connections to the music of the new generation of refugees.
A cinematographic ode to, and elegy on, the phenomenon of the ever-growing highway infrastructure in the Netherlands.
Hill of Pleasures shows the attempts to restore law and order in the favela and the reaction of the inhabitiants
Former child-soldier Kon receives asylum in Holland but guilt about the children he left behind turns his thoughts back to Sudan.
Can a 31 year-old HIV-positive woman find a man who wants to have children with her?
A fascinating journey through Western Europe’s largest delta land, in all of its mystery, breadth and beauty.
Frans Afman, together with producer Dino de Laurentiis, developed a system of financing that revolutionised the business of filmmaking in Hollywood.
Merle is about to receive her First Communion, an important event in the predominantly
Catholic south of Holland.
Forced to leave his home for another country, Cyriaque Kouenou has ended up in a surreal no-man’s-land.
Give us land, you get peace
This film starts out as an inquiry into the history of a cabin in the Dutch town of Den Helder where men from the Dutch Antilles came together in 'the hood'. The cabin was demolished. But what really happened? And who is most entitled to tell the story?
Photographer Horacio Sequi captured the talent and passion of FC Barcelona players over the past 60 years, including never before seen images of our lost sporting hero Johan Cruyff. More than a documentary, an ode to football and fans alike.
The sea breaks its silence as it unveils the stories of three protagonists who find refuge in the sea while in search of a better place.
The story of a portrait...
A documentary about the Dutch soundscape. What does the Netherlands really sound like?
Joppe is a pretty thirteen-year-old girl who was born a boy.
The first generation of transsexuals, who had their sex change by the same ‘miracle doctor’,take stock of their lives.
Peter Schuster lives in an institution for the mentally handicapped. He is able to control his anger issues only by playing the drums and piano, but frequently something in his brain explodes, making him fly off the handle.
A wonderfully illogical insight into the life of a young woman suddenly forced to live life in a different way.
A tragicomic, deeply personal film about how a carefully managed fortune went up in smoke because of the financial crisis.
Two young brothers wander around in a big empty world without a clear destination. Along the way, society passes before their eyes. How do you relate to a world where you don’t seem to be part of?
We draw our self-image in part from the judgements of others, and to be accepted we sometimes have to adapt ourselves. But how far do we go in this?
A musical portrait of two Peruvian families who have a special bond with a donkey.
Poetic portrait of a Polish woman called Jadwiga, who is old, poor and has lived in many countries, including the Netherlands, but has now returned to Warsaw.
A film about musical control, explored through a clash between two maestros: Holland's best-known composer, Louis Andriessen, and chief conductor, Mariss Jansons.
Every year at The Ateliers ten young, talented artists get the opportunity to work in their own studio and discuss their work weekly with an established artistic talent.
An exploration of the fantastic and uncontrollable elements of our existence.
An experiment in which a young filmmaker directs the life of his best friend.
In fast-changing China where traditions are vanishing, composer Guo Wenjing seeks a way between Eastern and Western music, and between old and new China.
Determined to do things the right way, we follow Chinese homosexuals Andy and Cherry in a desperate attempt to meet their parents’ expectations.
INSTANT DREAMS is a cinematic essayistic quest for the secret of Polaroid instant film.
A film inspired by the work of photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944), the inventor of colour photography in Russia.
The filmmaker creates an intimate portrait of her mother, who is diagnosed with starting dementia.
When it comes to fashion trends, there are no coincidences.
Music when played by violinist Janine Jansen comes straight from heaven. A top career, however, requires a lot of hard work.
Autistic teenager Jerome needs constant attention. How do his patient carers cope with his provocative and unpredictable behavior?
Jesser lives in a village in Nicaragua surrounded by fields of sugar cane. He doesn't want to work in the fields, but will he be able to change his faith?
A team of art historians attempt to reveal the mysteries within the 25 existing paintings of Jheronimus Bosch.
Dutch minority co-production.
Will Jordy ever escape the persistent narrow-mindedness he encounters as a transgender?
JUSTICE FOR SALE follows Claudine, a young and courageous human rights lawyer, in her struggle against judicial injustice in Congo.
A series of cases are heard before the juvenile judges, observed by the unobtrusive cameras of Mok and Uslu.
Kabul as seen through the daily lives of two kids and a bus driver, set against the background of a city destroyed by political and religious powers.
Coming-of-age film about Karsu Dönmez, star singer from Amsterdam who was discovered playing piano in her parents’ restaurant.
When you are descended from a family of WWII collaborators what does it do to your sense of self, and your impression of the world around you?
KEEPER is a documentary about the outsiders in football, and a tribute to the outsiders in life.
A film about holding onto material things at a time when digital is superseding everything.
Ambitious Lavanya is determined to overcome all obstacles to make it in the DJ world.
Putting theory into practice in the most modern prison in the Netherlands.
Documentary about attempts to reconstruct the past, based on the unsolved murder of American model Melissa Halstead in 1990.
Filmmaker and investigative journalist Geertjan Lassche joins a Dutch expedition to climb Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. What drives these mountain climbers? How ruthless do you need to be?
A peek into the decadent and bizarre world of a cruise ship, starring an attention-seeking Scottish baron on a mission to be seen.
Two centuries ago the 42-year-old Willem I accepted the Dutch Crown. How the Netherlands became one country, with one king and one constitution, is worth a film in itself.
In this voyeuristic documentary about love and violence we hear clips from a WhatsApp conversation between two lovers in the last months of their relationship.
A film about the urge to let go what you already have, and the creative search for what follows after.
If you're young and need a listening ear, you can call the so-called Kindertelefoon (Child Line).
L I S T E N is a colorful hotch potch of many of these Kindertelefoon conversations.
For artist twins L.A.Raeven, life and work are intrinsically intertwined
Suzanna is a strong Chinese woman living for 15 years in Greece. She leads a group of Greek Chinese to help new refugees, as atonement for her past.
Black Angolan soldiers once fought white South Africa’s colonial war. Now they are the protagonists in a film about betrayal, free will and repentance.
An impressionistic view of immigration as a radical force across Europe, using archival footage.
An Inupiaq community about to be swallowed by the sea.
Marloes Coenen, one of the world’s best MMA fighters, forces herself to give her all, one more time, to win her last title fight.
A group of elderly men rediscover their youth in the clubhouse. A place where they can whistle at passing women or throw a party whenever they want. But every time somebody is sick or dies the question arises: how long do I have left? And who will be next?
A feature-length documentary and an online transmedia experience offering a unique way to investigate Somali piracy - from many different perspectives.
Scientist and linguist Mark Janse discovers the Cappadocian language – previously assumed dead – a find that sends shockwaves through the world of academia.
A film about sexual violence as a weapon of war, the dangerous fight for justice, about shame and the (im)possibility of forgiveness in Colombia.
LENNO & THE ANGELFISH tells the story of a 10-year old boy who tries his best to behave. But how can you be ‘a good boy’ when everybody has their own opinion as to what constitutes right and wrong?
A film about Leonie Brandt, an actress who used her talent to become a brilliant double agent, living a life shrouded in intrigue and mystery.
Reconstruction of the political drama around Ayaan Hirsi Ali that heralded the fall of the Dutch cabinet.
The Dutch music festival Lowlands Paradise is considered the mother of all ecclectic rock and culture festivals that are popping up around the globe today.
In a surreal narration full of marvellous images, Vanesa dissects the dream of her parents who fled the deep poverty of Spain for the Netherlands.
A letter unlocks the secrets of the ‘real’ Charlotte Salomon, deported to Auschwitz after creating her autobiographical masterpiece.
If you're young and need a listening ear, you can call the so-called Kindertelefoon (Child Line). LISTEN is a colorful hotch potch of many of these Kindertelefoon conversations.
The complex relationship between the filmmaker Danniel's Aunt Tascha and her mother Enny, who is still traumatized by the death of her first daughters in Auschwitz.
When Gerrit, a tough buddy on a motorbike, is appointed to Noëll, an 11-year old boy with autism, they head off together on a liberating adventure.
An alternative creation myth sheds new light on a highly topical question within a world on fire: what is a country?
Brechtje Jans (11) lives on a pig farm but fantasises about a life in the big city.
A powerful portrait of Syrians living in a Lebanese camp, where life consists of waiting to return home.
Documentary about the psychiatric treatment of 40 mentally ill prisoners in a longstay facility.
The sea between Sweden and Finland makes people forget the limitations of their everyday lives.
Three women have each lost something - but was the experience the same? Can the study of one kind of loss teach us about other kinds?
Lost in Memories is not only an intimate film about dementia and care, but also a loving story about the impermanence of life.
In their own ways, Anna and Kjeld look for both fulfilment in life and for something they can leave behind. But is the meaning of life found in the answers, or in the questions?
The inhabitants of the Camargue region have a deep-seated passion for the wild bull.
Louis' life as a travelling child living in a funfair comes to an end when he has to attend high school.
After inheriting part of a small house outside Moscow, director Van der Horst embarks on a journey back into the secrets of her mother’s Russian past.
They still exist: young people who want to write love letters. Five people in their twenties read aloud the most intimate letter they've ever written.
Can an arranged marriage result in true love?
The story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher based on more than 1000 letters, diaries and lectures he wrote during his lifetime.
A story about hunters, poachers, breeders, traders, star chefs and ... a priest.
Iranian brothers Icy and Sot leave for New York to exhibit their controversial street art, for the first time in total freedom. But in following their dream, they can never return to Iran.
A playfully edited documentary investigating the disappearance of a man who proves to have left behind something more special than just a mystery.
Sisters doing it for themselves in Amsterdam's Red Light District.
Japanese Megumi Yokota was abducted by North Korean spies in 1977.
A film that offers an insight into the way the MH17 air disaster affected the lives of the Dutch people, as well as the lives of the villagers in Ukraine.
Dutch minority co-production.
A documentary about the passionate translators of the book The Little Prince by Saint-Exupéry, who fight for the preservation of their forbidden languages.
An ode to the teacher that every child deserves.
Documentary about the UN mission in Mali as seen through the eyes of a Dutch special forces colonel.
A documentary about five Dutch youngsters of Moroccan origin, filmed between 2003 and 2011.
Dutch minority co-production.
Kunal might be blind… but that does not mean he lacks confidence! In this light-hearted film we see him lure the nicest girl in his class into a singing competition and try his best not to scream while he sings.
An exploration of the promises and the complexities of Artificial Intelligence in today's world.
A topical investigation into the intriguing life of female impressionist artist Berthe Morisot
Juggling obligations and opportunities, Amber creates a home for all free spirits in her House of the Vineyard. Within the Dutch ballroom dancing scene she takes care of the ‘kids’ in her house, providing them with the freedom she didn’t have growing up herself.
A portrait of a man with a boundless passion. Jan Smeets is a control freak, for 45 years in charge of the oldest pop festival in the world, Pinkpop.
Can a theater performance on a floating stage in a Nigerian slum break the culture of silence about women's violence and oppression?
Adelheid Roosen portrays her mother with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dutch minority co-production.
The life cycle of the mussel and the passionate individuals it encounters: not just biologists and fishermen, but also cooks and even a gynaecologist.
How far do you go with your pet in the battle against cancer?
A holiday without Wi-Fi turns out to be a revelation for Claudia (14). At last, no more Instagram pictures of her beautiful, successful and fun-loving friends.
The small-scale story of the family of director Yan Ting Yuen told within the large-scale context of China’s history, and the diaspora of its people.
Nowadays more children grow up in a non-traditional family set-up. What are the causes of this? And what are the effects on these children?
Having struggled to survive in Europe from the age of nine, the Zimbabwean OG attempts to find balance in her life.
A search for the unknown boy who was photographed in 1937 sitting between two classmates, the future film legends Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone.
A cinematic experiment in which the filmmaker investigates the confines of documentary, fiction and reality tv. For a certain amount of time. He wants to direct the life of a male peer.
Rembrandt is the grandmaster of intimacy. Even 350 years after his death many people, even entire nations, are obsessed by his paintings.
The candid stories of Japanese people who considered suicide but changed their minds thanks to a Zen priest and his holistic approach to therapy.
Non-functioning milking robots plummet farmer Johan into a downward spiral. Will he surmount and secure his legacy or will he lose everything?
Naomi, an optimistic teenager who faithfully visits her mother living at the mental health unit, decides to take her best friend along for the first time.
Winner IDFA Special Jury Award for Children’s Documentary.
The film follows future naval officers at the Royal Netherlands Naval College during their first military initiation on the island of Texel, and on their first trip on a naval vessel in the Baltic Sea.
Nine years ago Naziha, a Moroccan-Dutch woman and mother of 10 children, made a drastic decision. She no longer wished to spend hours at the police station after one of her sons had caused trouble.
Set in a Belgian village, Flemish Bob and Walloon Marcel share their solitude, their sense of humour and their craving for alcohol.
Are we addicted to meat? Director Marijn Frank explores the dilemma between her love for meat and the rational arguments against meat products.
Director Carmen Cobos follows the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as they record Shostakovich's 5th Symphony.
The turbulent life of Sam Waagenaar, successfully moving from film industry work in the thirties to journalist, singer, actor, war correspondent, finally ending up as a photographer travelling the world after the war.
Artis Zoo is about to undergo a radical renovation. The director is on a mission but isn’t this a threat to his employees and his animals, and to himself?
For years, filmmaker Sacha Polak has known that she carries the BRCA1 hereditary cancer gene, responsible for breast cancer, but she can't decide what to do.
Is it possible to bridge the gap between two generations by letting them live together?
A feature-length documentary about the fascinating and complicated process of rebuilding Holland’s most famous museum, the Rijksmuseum.
How an ordinary soldier became an icon for the Russian people: the story of saint Yevgeny and his mother.
At the heart of one of the most densely populated areas of Europe, lie the Oostvaardersplassen - a unique experiment in letting nature run its course.
Two Chinese tourists swap their megacity for the Dutch village of Giethoorn where the hosts work hard to provide for them the authentic Dutch experience.
Why do you have to do what everyone else does, and why look the same? Ninnoc struggles when she is in a group because she doesn't want to adapt to the ways of others. But nor does she want to be left out…
A lighthearted portrait of former world karate champion and Netherlands-based Japanese immigrant Nobuaki Konno.
An elderly artist couple must say goodbye to life. Love and passion for art helps them endure their fate.
When the three sons of locked-in-syndrome sufferer Wim take over his care, each experiences, for the first time, a total dependence on the others.
A clear-cut, distinctly visual film about our present-day search for meaning, personal growth and performance improvement.
THE OARSMEN captures the cadence of rowing, both in sound and image, focussing on Laurens ter Keurst (86), the oldest competitive rower in the Netherlands.
A film about the powerless who resist being consigned to oblivion.
While the US suffers a severe recession, some Americans are taking command of the situation by creating independent local economies.
Dutch minority co-production.
A film about the power of tourism in trying to coming to terms with disaster.
Expedition to the life and work of the French - American composer Edgard Varèse.
Portraits of six people who have had a significant and positive influence on society through one small and non-violent act.
Fien de la Mar (1898-1965) was an actress whose extraordinary talent only brought her misery and misfortune.
Family bonds can become unbreakable chains, both supporting and suffocating.
The 49-year-old Kees is autistic and still lives with his parents who take care of him. Their love has given Kees the ability to blossom as a relatively independent grown-up.
In 2014 a Dutch village of 150 inhabitants was saddled with 1400 asylum seekers. A popular uprising was imminent. What happened next, nobody expected ...
On an uninhabited island in a provincial corner of Holland, sisters Shanna (11) and Mirte (14) go on an adventure...
When Emma finds out that her parents are getting a divorce, she’s in shock. Suddenly, the happy trinity that they were comes to an end. And as to why exactly they are getting divorced, Emma still doesn’t really know…
About the German artist Anselm Kiefer
Guilt, doubt, sadness and shame are all familiar emotions for women who have abortions. In this disarming documentary, three young women share their stories, and break the taboos surrounding their choice.
A society of black and white residents in a diamond town in Namibia look set to lose their paradise due to the closure of the mine. Will they leave or will they fight?
The rise, fall and resurrection of filmmaker Pim de la Parra, a crazy, controversial and creative genius.
In 2013 filmmaker Lieza Röben’s father died. Two years later she reconstructs the bewildering days before his euthanasia, together with her family.
On November 7 2007, an 18-year-old Finnish student shot dead eight people at the high school in Jokela, a small town north of Helsinki.
A kaleidoscope of images of the city and its people. The main characters are three immigrants and a native Berlin woman. The Slovenian 'butterfly man' sees Berlin as a hunting ground for insects.
Through dedication and reliance on the highest levels of craftsmanship, generations of horse breeders honed the unique horse - the Lipizzaner - towards perfection.
Women living in a free world can decide on how they want to look in order to just as freely express themselves. But do their choices show who they truly are, or do they express the conventions of 'how to be?’
In his father’s archive David de Jongh stumbles upon a mine of forgotten reportage photography from the 50s and 60s.
As soon as Pien (10) found out that bees are almost extinct, she became a beekeeper. Despite her illness, for which she has to go to hospital regularly, she is determined to save the bees from dying out.
A documentary about the emotional trauma surrounding seriously ill children who must remain in hospital for a long time.
A Moroccan boy puts everything at stake to become the best skateboarder in the world.
Dutch-Egyptian artist Tarik Sadouma lives and works in Caïro. Before the revolution he directed video clips.
A film about gambling, winning and losing, based on the director’s memories of his father.
At a centuries-old Dutch estate, a gardener and an 85-year-old pruning master work passionately and painstakingly on perfecting the fruit trees and crops.
The underlying patterns of life in Indonesia.
Possessed depicts the effects of the smartphone on our society and our self-image.
Owning an island can be a lot of work.
The story of a young girl who one day realizes that her mother is gone, and she doesn't have a clue how it happened.
Whistleblowers, prisoners and an investigative journalist paint a shocking picture of South Africa’s first privatized prison where profit maximization is the priority.
A film in the shape of a Finnish Tango.
An experimental documentary that deconstructs the caricature image we have of Bunschoten-Spakenburg to illustrate the ways this closed village community influences the identity of modern-day youth.
An intimate portrait of problem teenagers who are placed under temporary supervision.
A sensitive, intimate and intriguing glimpse into the final days of the director's life companion.
Putin’s Olympic Dream is about the rapid transformation of the city of Sochi.
In a juvenile prison three young delinquents are forced to reinvent themselves under the preventive custody of the state.
Six Greenpeace pioneers now live a quiet life on the island Waiheke.
RAINMAKERS is an investigative documentary about the decline of China's environment
The story of the last real herring fishers of Holland.
The Amsterdam-based anarchist Provo movement had a shocking impact on Dutch society in the tumultuous sixties with their absurdist revolution.
Why is it that still so many Russians defend Stalin as a great leader and a hero? The red Soul lays bare the Russian psyche of today and shows a world full of contradictions.
Architecture is often seen from the outside, as an inanimate object represented in still imagery. REM exposes the human experience of architecture through dynamic film.
Greenaway’s criticism of today’s visual illiteracy.
Twin brothers Renildo and Vanildo cannot live with their parents. Luckily, they have each other and their favourite hobby: dancing.
A unique insight into the dealings of The Restitution Committee that decides upon ownership of artworks looted by the Nazis.
Rico (14) is given a puppy called Indy. If Rico can train Indy as a certified police dog, he'll be able to sell her for a lot of money. But during the three years of training, Rico and Indy become best friends. Will he still be able to sell her?
Tengkwa leads a band of Dutch professional wrestlers and tries to train a new generation of super heroes. But the road to stardom is a rocky one.
A rockumentary about friendship, growing up and the power of music.
A white man ventures inland across South Sudan to teach paramilitaries the rules of war.
Dutch minority co-production.
A legendary musician goes into a soul searching road trip to find redemption in order to become the father he has never been before.
Seven views of Naples.
Dutch minority co-production
A journey into the Universe of Odin Teatret, founded in 1964 by Eugenio Barba in Denmark, where this family-like group continues to exist.
Security seems both natural and necessary, but are security guards capable of guaranteeing our safety, or do they only give us a false sense of security?
The portrayal of the daily lives of three famous senior chimpanzees, inhabitants of retirement homes.
Hardly anyone in the Netherlands is aware that a life sentence in Holland literally means a whole life of imprisonment.
Autobiographical documentary in which the film maker investigates why she and her brothers and sister left their home country of Brazil.
Top chef Sergio Herman strives for perfection every day. Never giving up, always in the thick of it.
In advance of the 2014 World Cup Brazil is cleaning up its act, but beneath the facade, child prostitution is still prevalent in all its major cities.
The Hague's vice squad combats human trafficking and exploitation of prostitutes while dealing with the pressure of procedures and political policies.
Nigerian women, exploited as prostitutes in Europe, return home, filled with a renewed lust for life.
An epic journey for the viewer, through the darkness of memory, eventually to emerge into the light of a new day.
Eef Hilgers talks to angry posters and their victims who must bear extreme levels of digital abuse. The way people observed and criticized others used to be invisible, unspoken and unpublishable, but is now mapped by the age of internet.
In a travelogue through Shangri-La, a Tibetan tourist area named after the fictional paradise, the filmmaker excavates the many layers of fact and fiction.
A traditional Dutch shepherd is forced to innovate in a neo-liberal world that conflicts with his idealistic views.
Health insurers are putting pressure on enthusiastic GP Nico van Hasselt (91) to adapt his old-fashioned methods to those of modern society, but he refuses to abandon his vulnerable patients.
A documentary about boat refugees at the Italian Island of Lampedusa.
The life and work of Daniel Paul Schreber.
A film about the sense of immortality felt by a group of boys who have recently lost one of their friends.
A film about the search for adventure and a sense of belonging.
How will a family circus cope after their much-loved crowd pleasing elephant has to leave the ring because of a new law?
A compelling story of two childhood friends, both in search of their family history in Eastern Europe.
For 25 years Sidik has been searching for a leopard in the mountains of Kurdistan. Sidik believes his homeland will survive once the leopard returns.
A film that inhales and exhales along with the tides of the Wadden Sea as it explores the fragile relationship between man and nature.
Small local farmers are essential for food provision but are chased off their land by large multinationals that only produce for export, destroying the soil in the process.
Two Inuit girls are confronted by aggressive pollution.
How does a child prodigy influence the relationships within a family of perfectionists?
A documentary about Keet, a ten-year-old girl, whose skateboarding skills have stood out in a skate-world dominated by boys.
A road/boat trip on the Yenisey River and through the endless taiga towards the Heart of Gold. What became of Fridtjof Nansens' land of the future, Siberia?
Skip loves to dance, but is bullied by the boys at school who say dancing is for sissies. With his all-boys dance crew he will prove that tough boys can dance.
Henrike tries to overcome the frustrations of growing up as a Basque boy in Madrid by mastering the spectacular Basque sport of pelota.
Palestinian girl Niveen has to fight both Israeli checkpoints and her traditional brothers in order to play her favourite sport, soccer.
Chimit is a proud Tuvan wrestler who struggles against the Russian rule that destroyed his traditional nomad lifestyle.
Dutch minority co-production.
Cinematic essay fusing observations of London's financial centre, the story of a psychotherapist and footage of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein at the US Senate Hearing.
“Blessed God says; Make war for this land. Conquer this land. So this is what I do”
Hebron Settler’s spokesman
A portrait of the lives and history of Leonardo and Anselmo who, 20 years ago, were the main characters in the documentary SOLO - THE LAW OF THE FAVELA.
Four boys involved in ‘Ndrangheta Mafia activities are taken away from their extremely powerful and violent families in an attempt to re-educate them.
A lively, melancholic tribute to the bandoneón – the beating heart of the tango - threatened with extinction.
Mazin, deaf from birth, looks forward to the operation that will allow him to hear. But how will all these new sounds change his life?
SOUNDS OF ORIGIN reveals the enormous impact of Indo-Dutch musicians and their appeal that extended far beyond Holland's borders.
One day in the life of a Roma village, somewhere deep in Romenia.
Every day a Romanian woman stands by the wall of an Amsterdam jail to talk with her lover inside.
A documentary about poetry.
Eleven year-old Merna from Iraq stole the show during The Voice: Kids Arab by singing the story of the many refugee children from the Middle-East.
A fascinating look into the changing inner lives of young Orthodox Christians as they leave the sanctuary of high school and fly out into the world.
Cherry Duyns follows composer Reinbert de Leeuw from first rehearsals through to performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk.
Feature documentary about Sandra Roelofs, a Dutch girl who became the First Lady of the exotic, but politically unstable, Georgia.
Dutch minority co-production.
While Surinamese Maroons show how they live with the rainforest, multinationals exploit the natural resources within these ancestral grounds.
STOP FILMING US! is a cinematic dialogue between Western conceptions of Africa and the Congolese perception of reality.
In post-conflict Sierra Leone, life continues on the once touristic but now deserted heavenly beaches of Lakka.
In today’s increasingly self-absorbed society and culture, how do we balance the fragile scale of self-love?
A tragedy about the complex reality of the conflict in Aleppo and the devastation that followed.
STRANGER IN PARADISE reflects on the power relations between Europeans and refugees.
Over 5 years, Gerard Holthuis filmed the people around the River View Guest House in Talad Noi, Bangkok.
Street is about improvisation, recycling materials and the claiming of public space on a single fictional day in Jakarta. Unintentional compositions and repetition remind the viewer of installations or performance.
What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna’s most famous troupe of dancers.
Peter is thirty, sporty and stylish. He is also good at concealing his mental illness and social disorders. His dream is to lead a normal life, within normal society, with a wife and kids.
A pastor strolls through a modern suburb looking for signs of faith.
From the perspectives of a dozen diverse viewers, this documentary explores the ritual of watching film. How is the medium experienced by people with sensory impairments, strong religious beliefs, or love sickness?
On a train crossing Tanzania, a rolling microcosm of East African society, we follow three main characters, reflecting on the strength to survive.
A documentary that examines the complexities of human desire symbolized by the oyster
Six students digitize the archive of the late Timothy Leary, granting his final wish for a “permanent home in cyberspace.”
Adoptee Kaylee (13) is the only girl in her small hometown with afro-textured hair, and she has no idea how to take care of it. So together with her mother she decides to go looking for help.
A single long take shot runs throughout Funafuti, the main island of the Tuvalu archipelago.
The last remaining male northern white rhino on earth is dying. Mankind gathers around him to catch a glimpse. Or to even save him. How does this reflect on us?
A film about the very close and imaginative friendship between a boy and a girl at the end of their childhood. Will impending adolescence impact upon their friendship?
Alima tells her story, which plays out against the backdrop of World War II and the struggle for independence, over unique footage from various archives.
A tough but comic youth documentary about Thibault (11) who will do all it takes to keep the big white spots on his legs a secret from the outside world.
Frans Bromet and his daughter Laura step into a controversial dialogue about society, ideals and responsibility.
What if death is not the end of life’s journey?
Joep (18), Anouska (23) and Ciska (21) are on a supervised youth tour to Blanes, a party place on the Spanish coast.
As a group of refugees tries to enter Europe illegally by boat, a storm suddenly appears and an old man falls overboard. His perception shifts into another dimension: a dark, hallucinatory place.
Creative talent Marijn (12) has recently been admitted to the preparatory program of the art academy.
For two years, filmmaker Marleen van der Werf has been exploring her fear of, and longing for, the void of stillness. A cinematic essay on a quietening nature.
Short documentary about forgotten moments.
Iggy Pop’s way of surviving as an individual in an impersonal world, based on Michel Houellebecq’s ‘To Stay Alive’, and on his own experiences in rock. Did they help each other to survive?
A tender portrait of Kess, who isn’t sure how to tell her new classmates about her sister Bo, who died when Kess was almost five.
How do you react when you are told you have an incurable illness?
Physical contact is one of our primary needs. A simple touch can already waken different emotions that are stored in our skin. Using an ensemble narration we get to know different people who experience a lack of physical contact.
A film that portrays Srebrenica from the perspective of the many stray cats and dogs that roam its empty streets, a unique portrait of a town where all hope seems to have been lost.
Cuba knows Mariela Castro - Raul's daughter and Fidel's niece - as the champion of gay rights. Under her inspiring guidance, the state recently started a treatment programme for Cuban transgenders.
Chinese authorities give the Hip-Hop underground culture a hard time in Chongqing. Rappers struggle to keep their voices heard.
Minority Dutch co-production.
Every Tuesday is D-day, when the art students of The Ateliers receive feedback on their work by well-known artists.
Some people get ill from the digital networks that surround us and decide to run. How does it feel to be caught in an invisible web?
A road-movie through the slums of the soul.
When a vampire drinks the blood of a defenceless girl, women sigh. A short documentary on the contemporary hype around sexy vampire heroes.
Unravelling the extraordinary and mysterious impact of Johannes Vermeer in our day and age.
A chronicle about a village in the south of Spain that reflects the greater story of man.
A portrait of The Netherlands through speeches made at private public and political events over the course of a year.
Amsterdam is turning into a big money-making machine. But the idealists of Vrankrix stand their ground amidst the creeping gentrification.
Dr. Sami, the vet of Palestine’s only zoo, wants international recognition in order to improve his establishment. But he will need the help of the Israelis…
A filmmaker returns to Kenya to rediscover the enchanting world of his youth.
A feud that has split his own Jewish family leads filmmaker Frans Bromet to a new understanding of the ongoing conflict in Israel.
Dutch minority co-production.
A portrait of the patients of a hospital seen through a cat’s eyes.
What do we do if a country does not stick to the agreement it signed? In 2005, after lengthy negotiations, an agreement was concluded between Belgium and the Netherlands concerning the Western Scheldt.
Artist and filmmaker Renzo Martens founds a settlement in the middle of Congo. Here, plantation workers produce art that is critical of economic inequality.
The story of a rapidly increasing group, the poor whites in South Africa.
What do you do when, after years of struggling, the residence permit finally arrives? A fascinating documentary about human resilience.
An arresting documentary about the curious relationship between man and the wild boar.
Some call him a racist, others adore him. This film attempts to find out why politician Wilders is so popular.
The changing landscape of the Dutch Island Tiengemeten froma a personal view.
In a village in the Dutch countryside two groups of eighth graders compete to create the most beautiful wool float of the year.
An essay on the insignificance of life and the role played by chance.
An intimate portrayal of the lust, secrets & inevitable criminality that took place behind closed doors.
Three Yezidi girls escaped after being held hostage by IS. Now they look back upon the horror of their ordeal and try to find comfort and support within their community.
A heartwarming film about a Macedonian 6 year old boy who tries to make friends in his new Dutch school.
A documentary that follows outreach social workers who must intervene in the lives of their patients, and asks the question, ‘how far should social work go?'
Thies and Jorn grow up in a traditional hunters' family. Not everybody reacts well to their way of living, but is it not strange to condemn hunting if you actually like eating meat? So the boys throw a bbq for their friends to introduce their lifestyle.
The struggles and triumphs of 26 teenagers who dream of being international wrestling champions, while facing the usual challenges of adolescence in Turkey.
A story for everyone who wonders how to deal with family and with life itself.
A film about the resilience of children. Through the eyes of children we see what it’s like to grow up in a refugee camp with little resources or prospects.
As a skateboarder Tim (23) now has the chance to leave his dark past behind him and build an international career.
A clear-cut, distinctly visual film about our present-day search for meaning, personal growth and performance improvement.