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A Wonderful Sacrifice

Filmmaker Karin Junger explores the Nederlands Dans Theather (DNT) through the eyes of two dancers currency with the company, and two former dancers who were part of the company in its very beginnings. We follow the ups and downs of a dancer’s life, the hard work, the joys of creation, and the sacrifices often made in the private life and physical condition of the average dancer.

The Road to Mecca

Are the West and the Muslim world heading for an inevitable clash or are we just experiencing the growing pains of a rapidly globalizing and multicultural world?

Photo & Copyright by G.P. Fieret

Brilliant and wayward in equal measure, Dutch artist G.P. Fieret (1925-2009) shares his life with us through his self-portraits and grainy photographs of women.

FAREWELL

FAREWELL tells the story of Lady Grace Drummond-Hay, the only female passenger on the first journey around the world of the Graf Zeppelin in 1929.

Kessel’s Eye

Erik Kessels (1966) is co-founder of the unconventional advertising agency KesselsKramer, graphic designer, curator but moreover he is a passionate photo collector, which he exhibits in books.

Views on Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) left us a small oeuvre of only 36 paintings.

Banking the Unbanked

Is microfinance the answer to poverty? We follow two young ambitious Gambian bankers in their attempts to make Reliance into a steady microfinance institution. Will they succeed in this interesting and expanding market?

Otto Frank, father of Anne

After returning from Auschwitz, Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, is confronted with Anne’s diary. He renews ties with his daughter by reading it.

SHOUT

Born on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, best friends Ezat and Bayan are given the chance to study in their parents’ homeland: Syria. Shout is a film about their search for adventure and a sense of belonging in one of the world’s most persistent conflict zones.

Erwin Olaf: On Beauty and Fall

Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf is on the threshold of an important year: his most recent photographic series, Hope, Grief and Rain appear to have given him an international breakthrough and, for the first time, major international museums are showing an interest.

FEAR

In the penetrating film ‘Fear’ director Michiel van Erp follows the lives of six people, all dealing with an anxiety disorder.

Heart’s Desire

A portrait of Derrick, Erika and Jannae, representing the thousands of abused children in the United States who have been removed from their homes. Through dating techniques and glamour photography they try to present themselves as appealing as possible to potential adoptive parents, in their search for a new home.

Sinan, A Divine Architect

The miraculous story of a Christian boy who was converted to Islam and became one of the greatest architects of the 16th century.

Vincent

Van Gogh the artist is world-famous but the popular conception of Van Gogh the man is disorted.

CARMEN MEETS BORAT

A gypsy village is suddenly confronted with huge dilemmas after they are portrayed as backward people from Kazachstan in the motion picture ‘Borat’.

Maria João Pires

The world-famous Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires lives on a beautiful farm, somewhere in rural Portugal, close to the Spanish border. Far away from urban centres and sparsely populated, it is a vast site of wild natural beauty. Once she longed for a place where she could hide away, where she could be herself and not have to live up to other people’s expectations.

Viktor & Rolf

Dutch fashion duo Viktor & Rolf first became famous as conceptual, artistic designers. But after years of being regarded as eccentric designers that were a tad too avant-garde for the fashion mainstream, the duo finally stepped into the haute-couture limelight when they struck a deal with cosmetics-titan L’Oréal to develop their own perfume.

Blond Blue Eyes

Rutger Hauer is by far the most famous Dutch actor ever. Forever known for ‘Soldier of Orange’, ‘Turkish Delight’, popular children’s series ‘Floris’ (all by director Paul Verhoeven) and of course ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Hitcher’ – titles that go way back.

Trail of the Mummy, The

For thousands of years Egyptian mummies have been abused, destroyed to make paint, ground up as medicine or unwrapped in public displays.

Portraits of Frans Hals

Few facts are known about the Dutch painter Frans Hals as a person, but one can learn a lot about him as an artist by observing his paintings closely.

Miss Interpreted

Marlene Dumas is one of the best-known contemporary artists in the world. She was born and bred in South Africa and has worked and lived in Holland since 1976.

BORIS RYZHY

A film on poetry, the Russian Mafia, suicide, love and the tragedy of the Perestroika years. A portrait of a young 21st-century poet for whom life became unbearable.

The Imagined Harem

A documentary by Liesbeth Hagen on myth and reality about the Harem in Western art.

BACKLIGHT: CARS 2.0

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With rising temperatures and rising gas prices, cars need to become greener fast. And superficially, the large car manufacturers seem to work hard to improve the fuel efficiency of their products. But are they really? The technology to make cars much more fuel efficient already exists for decades, but it never makes it to the showroom. Why do we have to wait so long for fuel efficient vehicles?

The Houses of Hristina

Hristina is invisible. Quiet and unnoticed, she cleans houses. Each day a different house each day the same work. She is a Bulgarian, living in Amsterdam. Contact with her employers takes place mainly through notes. To come to terms with her life, she takes photographs of the interiors of ‘her’ houses. Together these photos form the house she inhabits in the Netherlands. A house that holds her prisoner.

That’s Life

The challenging search of photograher/director Sander Veeneman for three young adults living in poverty in Mozambique, South Africa and Peru.

If we Knew

Everyday paediatricians ath the neonatology ward of a hospital struggle with ethical dilemmas concerning the life and death of newborn babies.