Children of the Webcam
Children of the Webcam is a powerful and disturbing film about the rapidly growing new phenomenon of child sexual abuse via webcam.
Children of the Webcam is a powerful and disturbing film about the rapidly growing new phenomenon of child sexual abuse via webcam.
Kiet Engels is the kind of teacher you’d wish for every schoolchild. She is strict but never harsh. She is loving but never soft. Her patience is endless.
Miss Kiet’s pupils have only just arrived in the Netherlands. Many of them are refugees. Everything is new for them and confusing.
‘Mies goes to Hollywood’ tells the story of Mies (11) who knows one thing for sure: she will become a famous actress. Mies is fortunate to have a successful director as her father; the relocation of her family from Amsterdam to Hollywood is the chance for Mies to pursue that dream. And she grabs it with both hands: she indulges in her new, sunny, Californian life, with big Hollywood mansions and swimming pools. With the help of a manager, coaches, dance classes and auditions she does everything she can to succeed. But she must also learn the language, do a lot of homework, make new friends and go to the orthodontist. Will Mies be able to realize her dream of becoming an actress?
After studying in England, the young and ambitious lawyer Anuol, returns to his homeland South Sudan. Haunted by his own violent past and committed to fighting against human rights violations, he believes that the law will be his only true guide to bring sustainable peace to the country. But his western education clashes with the minds of his fellow countrymen. While Anuol strongly believes in the healing power of justice by convictions, others think it best to lay the past to rest. Desperately trying to convince his countrymen that there is no reconciliation without justice, Anuol finds himself on the verge of a breakdown.
For some time now, the establishment of the World Bank and IMF has had a Chinese counterpart: AIIB, which China intends to use to finance a huge infrastructure project to connect Asia and Europa, a New Silk Route.
– IN PRODUCTION- (TO BE COMPLETED OCTOBER 2017) The Second World War is a radical episode in history, also in the United States. Over 400.000 young soldiers die for freedom. After the liberation, America is licking its wounds and the Hollywood industry and escapism seem to be one of the remedies. Miss Emmeline Snively, (May 2, Ohio, 1909) understand what America needs: she forms a modelling agency: the Blue Book Model agency, creating icons out of hundreds of young women who come to her agency.
The beautiful island of Ilha de Maré in Brasil was once a rare habitat full of life. Now this little paradise is seriously threatened by the petrochemical industry. Fisherwomen Nega and Eliete, together with their attorney Marcos, stand up against pollution by the oil companies and the indifference of the government.
China is one of the largest world powers but we can hardly put a face on it yet. Let alone have any idea of how the average Chinese man lives and works, or what his ambitions or fears are.Photographer Ruben Terlou took his camera along the banks of the River Yangtze, talking to the locals about the impact of the economic progress.
It was a world’s first when in 2012 the End of Life Clinic opened its doors in the Netherlands. Doctors working for this clinic are willing to reconsider people’s euthanasia requests after other doctors refused to carry out a patient’s death-wish. The clinic is receiving 1200 requests a year, nearly 400 patients die with their help.
With dedication and craftsmanship generations of horse breeders created a unique horse – the Lipizzaner – into perfection. But now their craft is challenged by new insights in the genetics that offer horse breeders new tools to bend the evolution to their will. How far do you go to create the perfect horse?
Are we addicted to meat? Like many others, director Marijn Frank feels a dilemma between her lust for meat and her aspiration to be a better and wiser human being. She knows plenty is wrong with the meat industry, but her body craves a meaty snack regardless. In this documentary she explores the arguments and wants to come to a final, proper choice.
In 2012, the Eritrean soccer team defected during a tournament in Uganda. Two years later, the players turn up in the Dutch city of Gorinchem. The local cop and the soccer team immediately conscript the refugees: they are given a place to stay, clothing and of course soccer training – after all, the local team wouldn’t mind a shot at the Africa Cup.
With the relics of a human life – objects found in a flea market – Italian artist Paolo Ventura fights the fleeting nature of life. In his world built out of cardboard and poster paint, he gives these found objects new life.
Meral Uslu has an aggressive form of breast cancer. As a filmmaker, she wants to document her treatment, but not by placing a camera between the doctor and the patient. In My Cancer, the camera is the patient, giving viewers the feeling that it is they who are being treated.
Now that a Grexit seems to have been averted, and the strictest cutbacks ever have been announced, Greece is entering a new chapter. The welfare state is dismantled even further and all state property is weighed and sold. What dangers are lurking, and how will the Greek sell out change the country?
‘We want to be the best. I miss that now. We just have to be better than all the others’
Gert is the ambitious managing director of a car dealership in Vianen who is way ahead of his troops. With a boundless energy he encourages his employees to be the very best. No department is spared in learning ‘The New Way of Working’ through countless training sessions and endless meetings. But will he manage to eventually turn employee 1.0 into employee 2.0 and how does his personnel deal with this increasing pressure? How does a family business survive in a time of economic crisis.
How well do we know the people around us? What if a loved one considers suicide? Would you be able to tell? Would they tell you? And what would you say? JUST LISTEN shows us the powerful effect of listening in times of despair. Intimate confessions of people who could be your neighbour, classmate or husband reveal what’s on their mind on these defining moments. They show us the meaning of being present at the right moment.
International motorcycle gang Satudarah frequently makes the headlines in Holland, Spain, Germany and Indonesia because of alleged criminal activities. The club is also said to be at war with the Hell’s Angels. Like with all outlaw motor gangs, the secretive world of Satudarah is notoriously difficult to enter. EMMY- and BAFTA-winning filmmakers Joost van der Valk and Mags Gavan were given unique access to the club. Their film shows not only the violence embedded within its culture but also the more fragile side of its members.
Around the globe, experiments are conducted with alternatives for the existing social security system that has become stuck. People no longer believe in centrally organised long-term planning and advocates are experimenting with handing out free money using every method thinkable. In this episode, VPRO Backlight talks about the need for social security experiments to give people the opportunity to make the most of their own talents and qualities.
Featuring: Guy Standing (economist, UK), Matthias Gijsbertsen (alderman for Social Affairs, Groningen), Albert Wenger (venture investor, New York) and Michael Bohmeyer (IT entrepreneur, Germany).
When asked the question how they think of robots western people are rather reluctant, even a little scared. In Japan it’s completely the opposite, the Japanese love robots. In Japan, all objects – robots as well – have a ‘soul’. This means that in Japan intelligent robots will be accepted much easier than in the West. In this VPRO Backlight story director Rob van Hattum investigates the frameworks that determine the boundaries of how we see smart and social robots.
In the very north-east of Europe, on the border of Russia, lies the small country of Estonia. Per capita, Estonia has the most start-ups; internet access is considered a human right and all Estonians have free wifi. Whatever is new in the field of digital society has been tried out and used here first. The first e-residents have given their fingerprints for a virtual residence permit. The eyes of cosmopolitans, entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley venture capitalists are on it.
Modern food production is largely dependent on fossil fuels. Now that we are beginning to reach the end of them, the main question remains: How will we feed a global population of 9 billion people in 2050? In the Netherlands, Belgium and Silicon Valley, numerous startups have sprung up that use smart technology, big data and new distribution systems to find solutions for this issue.
The urge of technological giants to connect everyone and everything literally has no limits. Google wants to use balloons to form a shield around the planet and Facebook is experimenting with drones and a free Facebook app for mobile phones. At the moment, Africa is the continent with the most ‘white spots’ on the map: places without internet or mobile phone signal. There, however, developments have accelerated. Africa is joining the traffic on the digital highway.
Our waste is worth money. Recovering it has started up a new global industry worth billions. It is called Urban Mining and it appears to be the solution for many of our environmental problems and our energy needs. A ton of broken mobile phones, computers or other electronic waste contains sixty times the amount of gold a ton of gold ore has.
We are smarter than ever, but have we also grown wiser? According to Ricardo Semler, the Brazilian top entrepreneur and philosopher who became immensely rich by making his employees happy, our economy has gone completely off the rails and capitalism has failed to create equality anywhere, ever.
The channel Russia Today was launched in 2005 under the name Russia Today to bring the Russian perspective on world events to a global audience. To counter channels like BBC World, CNN and Al-Jazeera. Almost ten years later it’s the biggest news organisation on YouTube with its 2 billion views, more than CNN and BBC together. Where its critics call it a bullhorn for Russian propaganda, RT presents itself as an alternative to mainstream media.
In solitary confinement of a prison Viggo wonders why he developed from a sensitive little boy into a merciless criminal. He decides to give up his criminal existence for good and dives into his past to avoid making the very same mistakes a second time.
Carebot Alice leaves the laboratory to visit Mrs. Remkes, Mrs. Schellekens-Blanke and Mrs. van Wittmarschen, each in their own house. The three women are getting on in age and are therefore exceptionally suited for the services of Alice, who has been developed by SELEMCA. This is a research group which tries to discover, with the help of community nurses and family, how ‘sociobot’ Alice should talk and react to stem the effects of loneliness on older women. The outcome of the experiment is surprising for all involved.
Large football clubs are bought by foreign businessmen, who are only in it for the money and have no emotional tie to football history whatsoever. The biggest European sport is facing an identity crisis.
There is new gold to be found on the internet, and possibly in your own computer. Secret backdoors, that do not have a digital lock yet, are being traded at astronomical amounts. In the cyber world trade, where there are no rules, you are in luck with “white-hat” hackers, who guard your online security. But their opponents, the “black-hat” hackers, have an interest in an unsecure internet, and sell security leaks to the highest bidder. They are the preferred suppliers of security services and cyber defence. Who are these black and white wizards, who fight for the holy grail of hackers: zero days?
Puck Meerburg (15) has been an IT prodigy from the age of seven. He has won several prestigious prizes already, including the Apple Design Award for students. Major IT companies like Microsoft and Google have shown their interest in his capabilities.
How would it be to suddenly loose consciousness? To loose control of your own body and life? That an attack is constantly on the prowl? Director Jef Monté knows how this feels as he developed epilepsy recently. In this documentary he follows a young woman who wants to live an independent life, but who is prevented from this because of her epilepsy. The film shows the struggle she must make to get control of her own life again.
This is a portrait of the Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaou whyle he travels trough Europe with his dance performance. He is one of the most versatile and successful dance artists of our times.
Full of ambition to fight the best in her league female boxer Diana Prazak accepts an invitation by the world’s overall number one and WBC Super feather weight World Champion Frida Wallberg to fight for her title in Frida’s hometown Stockholm.
The fascinating escape story of the eastern German family Anhalt. In the early 80’s the young couple Anhalt from the GDR was building a single engine aircraft to escape from the communist dictatorship.
What drives young Western men to leave everyone and everything behind and travel to Syria to become a Jihad fighter? The media portrays these boys as vulnerable and derailed. Is there another side to this picture? In order to understand why they feel called upon to pick up arms and leave everything they know behind, filmmaker Floor van der Meulen abandons her Western perspective to be able to see things through the eyes of the fighters.
Filmmaker Mirella van Markus is in search of the ideal construction to have a child with her wife Claudia. Despite their strong desire to have children, there are worries and doubts. Will their child be at risk, being raised by two mothers?
The village of Marienborn in Germany once was world-famous. It was the most important and most guarded border crossing of the Iron Curtain. These days, Marienborn is a quiet place.
A touching and intimate documentary about the unconditional love for a pet. Filmed at the largest animal hospital in Europe, the oncology department of The University clinic for Companion Animals in the Netherlands. Seven different people have one thing in common; their pets are diagnosed with cancer. They have to make an important decision for their cat or dog; start an intensive chemotherapy or radiation therapy, have their pet operated or decide on no treatment at all.
A personal, investigative documentary about menopause.
A film about life with HIV and AIDS. We meet three men and two women; together their five life stories give a clear picture of how the impact of HIV differs from person to person. A life with HIV cannot be generalized.
Digital data is vulnerable. Yet entire libraries are shredded and lost to budget cuts, because we assume everything can be found online. But is that really true? For the first time in history, we have the technological means to save our entire past, yet it seems to be going up in smoke. Will we suffer from collective amnesia?
What is real and what is fake these days? This question presents itself more and more frequently, whether it’s in regard to newspaper photos, designer bags or the human body.
For twelve years, war photographer Oleg Klimov has documented the disintegration of the Soviet Union. He was present at almost all conflicts and ethnic tensions in the 90s. His photographs appeared on the front pages of many Western newspapers as silent witnesses of the war in the former Soviet Union.
Shortly before the local elections and inspired by the TV reality show Utopia, Backlight, together with newly-minted professor of community development Justus Uitermark, looks at how people would build their community if they could start afresh.
My America is an insider’s look at the country Europeans love to hate: America. Journalist Michiel Vos travels around the USA to find out what it really takes to become an American.
An investigative documentary about child prostitution in Brazil.
Fortaleza, Brazil. Out to earn money, under-age girls loiter in the bars lining the boulevard, looking for men. Often foreign men, tourists, interested in young girls. The girls are picked up along abandoned exit roads. How can 12-year-old girls entering prostitution escape the vicious circle of poverty, violence and drugs?
This international documentary series investigates the new and controversial world of anti-ageing. We are fascinated by the prospect of timeless life, mesmerised by spectacular developments in science and intrigued by how to have a longer and more vital life.
In this documentary an atheist filmmaker explores what he can learn from an ambitious evangelist. Matthew van der Steen (37) is a rising star. He is the charismatic leader of the rapidly growing church “House of Heroes” and CEO of TRIN (Touch Reach and Impact The Nations). This organisation holds prayer healings in Pakistan, India and Myanmar which attract thousands of people. Van der Steen is convinced that God still walks the earth and can cure people from cancer, restore sight to the blind and resurrect the dead through the Holy Spirit.
In just a couple of years the city of Sochi has to be refashioned from a nostalgic Soviet holiday resort, filled with gorgeous sanatoriums, into a modern Russian city with The Olympic Winter Games (February 2014) in prospect. Literally everything and everyone has to yield in order to turn this status project of President Putin into a success.
What part does love play in your life when you have been married for over 60 years? Can you still fall in love at 85? Does an orgasm still feel the same? What kind of influence does an older body have on the experience of sex?
In Land of Promise we see how, since the 1950s, immigration has irreversibly changed the societies of Europe and why it will continue to do so.
The film is made out of beautiful and often provocative international archive material. Clips from talk shows, radio programmes, documentaries and feature films guide us through the debates of past decades that have helped to shape change in Europe. Post-war immigration is shown from a new perspective.
In 2002, Elena Lindemans’s mother took her own life by jumping off a tall building. She had asked for euthanasia to be relieved from her unbearable mental suffering. As a mental health patient, her request was rejected on principle, leaving suicide her only way out. The family knew what she was planning to do, but they didn’t stop her.
Hidden deep inside a massive mountain in inhospitable Spitsbergen is the most important vault in the world: the Global Seed Vault. It is 20 degrees below zero and the vault is able to withstand earthquakes, floods, missile attacks and nuclear disaster. It’s Noah’s Ark for our food production with the largest diversity in seeds from all over the world, a backup of as many crops as possible and the toolbox for seed breeders. This is vital, for by 2050 there will be 9 billion mouths to feed.
Ever since the revelations about the snooping practices of the US and the Dutch intelligence services, we have become increasingly aware of the vast amount of digital data that are stored about us on the net, in the matrix. Data about citizens, information about governments and multinationals is also stored in multi-terabyte files: big data. The good news is that a large part of this information is, thus, also accessible to all of us, if you just know where to look.
When Elroy Chester was convicted for raping two teenage girls and killing their uncle in 1998, he was sentenced to death. Chester spent 15 years on death row, but now it’s June 12, 2013, and the long wait has come to an end. In Huntsville, Texas, preparations are being made to carry out the sentence. At precisely 6 p.m., Chester will be put to death by lethal injection.
Twenty years after the genocide in which almost a million Tutsis and Hutus were murdered, the government contends that ethnicity no longer plays a role Rwanda. It claims that 98 percent of the population self-identifies as Rwandan, and the soccer field serves as the stage for this reconciliation.
In nature only one rule counts; eat or be eaten. This documentary is a poetic, and visually arresting documentary about the curious relationship between man and the rise of the wild boar. The film tells a story about confusion, despair and opportunity amidst the invasion of unruly creatures that won’t abide by manmade rules and laws. From the dark woods where it originates, this almost uncontrollably dangerous creature goes deeper and deeper into our villages and cities but at the same time tickles our imagination and inspires us. This is an exploration of a society conflicted with nature and a reflection of the curiosity of human nature itself. Will we eat them or will they eventually devour us?
Artist Florentijn Hofman is conquering the world with his huge, iconic and witty sculptures. He is famous for his creation of the ‘Rubber Duck’. This inflatable duck has been floating in the waters of Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Osaka and Sao Paulo.
Juan, aged 95, works as a custodian at the John Lennon park in Havana. The park is like a little metaphor for Cuba, as an (socialistic) island where people live their lives and where Lennon is a link to the outside world but at the same time the embodiment of dreams and ideals. His job is to put on Lennon’s (famous round) glasses on the statue in the park, visited and photographed by tourists from all over the world. Every day Juan is accompanied by other park ‘residents’. To each and every one of them the statue has its own meaning.
To Ondina, it represents the ideals of the Cuban Revolution, to Rodolpho, a veteran, it symbolizes Lennon’s heroism as ‘peace activist’, to Ernesto the statue feels like an old friend and to Juan …… it’s a way to make money and an opportunity to meet women.
“When you don’t have papers in this country, you suffer,” as one young Nigerian woman in the Netherlands knows firsthand. When she arrived here, human traffickers forced her to pay back a lot of money, and she was then tricked into prostitution. All she can say from her asylum seeker’s cell is, “I’m not a criminal, but they treat me like garbage.”
This touching film follows Ingrid, Vicky and Sabrina as they face inevitable and painful choices at the hospital after being diagnosed with breast cancer. They are working towards recovery through often tough and painful treatments, but are acutely aware that the disease can rear its ugly head again without warning.
This documentary is a is a cinematic poem about four young creative Egyptian women.
Most of the material is filmed by the characters themselves, who worked with the film’s directors in a process of collaboration and mentorship over a course of two years.
Fourteen years after the documentary That’s why I’m working (1999), filmmakers Maarten Schmidt and Thomas Doebele went back to the children from one of Dhaka’s slums, in Bangladesh. Under the motto `Today’s working children are tomorrow’s uneducated adults,’ they could go to school for free. They are in their twenties now, and the filmmakers were wondering if the vicious circle of poverty passed on from generation to generation has been broken.
A thriller about a genius algorithm builder who dared to stand up against Wall Street.
From the makers of the much-praised Quants: the Alchemists of Wall Street and Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box. Now the long-awaited final episode of a trilogy in search of the winners and losers of the tech revolution on Wall Street. Could mankind lose control of this increasingly complex system?
The personal data that is being collected by internet companies has turned into a goldmine. The applications for this enormous mountain of data is endless, from health care uses to marketeers who can accurately predict your behavior. But who is making money from it? And who is the owner of your personal data?
Google Glass is the new smartphone-with-camera-on-the-retina, that listens to spoken commands and adds a permanent, visual layer to reality. It is only the tip of the iceberg. A new generation of omnipresent cameras is creeping into everyday life and gnaws at our perception of reality.
This is a documentary about family-life inside the United States military. Through cinematographic observation a portrait of a military family, living on a US army base in Louisiana has been made.
Alessandro Gualtieri is an Italian perfumer calling himself ‘The Nose’. An independent spirit in the perfume industry, he decided to launch his own perfume line in 2007: Nasomatto (‘crazy nose’).
In 1942 baby Anneke is taken away from her parents, who fled Germany in the early 1930’s and came to the Netherlands. Because she cannot go into hiding with them, she ends up in a foster home. When soon after war it becomes clear that her parents did not survive, Anneke, aged five, is sent to her aunt and uncle in de United States. There she grows up in a world where the past is rarely if ever discussed. Anneke is ordered look only to the future and not ask questions about her past.
This documentary tells the impressive story of Priscilla, a young Amsterdam woman suffering from a terminal illness. On her 26th birthday she gives herself a special ‘present’: euthanasia.
In the summer of 2010, 18-year-old Chamoetal Zeidler, sister to filmmaker Dikla Zeidler, started her 2 years of mandatory military service in the Spokesperson’s Unit of the Israeli Army (IDF). With an Israeli father and a Dutch mother, growing up both in Israel and in the Netherlands, going to the army wasn’t the obvious choice for the Zeidler sisters. The filmmaker herself chose not to serve and lives in the Netherlands.
Day in, day out, year after year, a long line can be seen in front of the Anne Frank House. A line of patient waiters, consisting of all possibly nationalities. They are there, because they want to enter the Anne Frank Museum, because they want to see the Achterhuis.
The hiding place of the most famous victim of the Second World War: Anne Frank.
For the very first time a (Dutch) television crew has been granted access to life inside a professional cycling team during the most prestigious cycling event in the world: the Tour de France (which this year celebrated its 100th edition).
Backlight follows a group of Nigerian immigrants in the Chinese metropolis Guangzhou. This community is at the vanguard of an important trend that will determine the economic and political development in the first half of the 21st century: the flow of migrants from low-wage countries is shifting from the old continent Europe to the new economies in Asia.
In The Revolution Route VRT News journalist Rudi Vranckx travels the front lines of the Arab Spring. He examines who are its winners and who are its losers. He talks to the revolution’s instigators and to its ‘accidental’ heroes, to victims and to opportunists, to rebels and to soldiers, to the regimes’fallen angels and to ordinary people who dream of living in freedom.
Most people have experienced chance events that seem to be more than mere coincidence. Experiences that are so powerful that they even give people a sense of direction or purpose in their life.
On 30 April 2013, Queen Beatrix will sign the act of abdication at Amsterdam’s Royal Palace. This magnificent edifice at the heart of Holland’s capital has had a major facelift in recent years. Inside and outside, the building has been thoroughly overhauled: stone replaced, gilding on the pediment, new upholstery for the chairs, and the silver chandeliers have been cleaned.
This documentary paints a picture of the life and work of Queen Beatrix, from her birth in 1938 until the moment she announced her decision to abdicate in 2013.
On 2-2-2002 Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima said their vows at the New Church in Amsterdam. This documentary looks back on their fairy-tale wedding day with images of ‘Máxima’s tear’ and the kiss on the balcony.
What normally remains invisible to the outside world is made visible namely the physical transfer of knowledge from one generation of dancers to the next.
Not Islam, but Pentecostalism is the most successful religion on earth. It expands like a global brand, efficiently evangelising the planet. 25% of the 2 billion Christians in the world now belong to a Pentecostal church and 35,000 new members are born again through baptism every day. Wealth is good, so why not pray for a raise or a promotion at work? Backlight explores two of the new prosperity churches: the Australian-led C3 Church in Amsterdam, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos, Nigeria.
In this beautifully shot documentary we follow a Dutch couple and a Norwegian single woman who travel to St. Petersburg in Russia for an egg donation treatment. What is their motivation to undergo this emotional and physical demanding treatment in Russia? And what is the motivation of the women who donate their eggs? What are the risks involved?
Trust, openness, and love are terms that will make any manager shiver. Yet, they made Brazilian top entrepreneur Ricardo Semler immensely rich. He built a world empire based on the simple question: What would really make my employees happy? He wrote a book on the subject – ‘Maverick’ – an international bestseller, that was devoured in over 35 languages. Everyone wants to know what magic spell he has found to make so much money on happiness.
After decades of lawlessness, order seems to have returned to the Hill of Pleasures. In one of Rio’s largest favelas, a Police Pacifying Unit has taken over control from organized crime. There is intensive patrolling, jurisdiction has been restored and for the first time inhabitants get to voice their complaints. But years of police brutality and corruption aren’t that easily forgotten.
This a film about the blind lottery ticket sellers in Malaga. In every Spanish city, fortune hunters buy their lottery tickets from the blind vendors in their street-corner kiosks. The Vendors work for ONCE, the Spanish national organization for the blind that provides them with employment and education.
Amsterdam-based Pauline lives life to the max; she travels around the world as a model and moves from party to party. She is thirty-one-years old when she is diagnosed with HIV. Her world falls apart and she thinks her life is over.
The commercial vice team combats human trafficking and the exploitation of prostitutes in The Hague. The film shows the team on their nightly routine visits to the red light district, on brothel inspections and while processing potential victims of human trafficking at the police station.
Since he was five years old, Tom has only eaten raw food. Uncooked, unheated food. His mother wants him to. She believes in the raw foot diet, which she says is the healthiest lifestyle. The hospital has determined that Tom is seriously malnourished. The mother has been reported for child neglect. Should she be allowed to continue feeding Tom a raw food diet, or should the authorities intervene?
Documentary about the attempts to reconstruct the past based on the unsolved murder of the American model Melissa Halstead in 1990.
While the rest of the world tries to come to terms with China’s rising economic and political power and its impact on the existing global order; a small group of philosophy students from Shanghai’s prestige Fudan University gathers every Friday night at their professor’s house to study Chinese classical texts by Confucius.
When there will be no next of kin present at a funeral, a custom-written poem is recited by a renowned poet. What does one write for somebody who is no longer known to anyone?
In the night of the 18th of February 2009, 19-year-old prostitute Betty Szabó was murdered in her room in Amsterdam.
I pledge that I will practice medicine to the best of my ability in the service of my fellow human beings… (Opening of the Physician’s Oath of the Royal Dutch Medical Society and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, based on the Hippocratic oath, ± 400 B.C.)
Once a bevy of children was reserved only for kings and chieftains. As a sign of their prestige. Today a tourist guide from a neat suburb in Maastricht can father 100 children, thanks to emancipation and the Internet.
Documentary about a normal Ethiopian peasant born into an epic history.
A story about a modern-day Anne Frank in hiding for a Muslim extremist fatwa.
Backlight is staying in the Basque village of Mondragón, where the majority of the population works in cooperatives.
50 years after Congo’s independence, Rudi Vranckx undertakes a journey, not without its risks, through our vast former colony – a world where once our flag fluttered in the breeze.
Two days in the lives of autistic teenager Jerome, his coach Kevin and Jerome’s mother Anita
This documentary is a triptych with three stories, involving three characters.
Assuming the role of a speculator, director Kees Brouwer tries to find out whether he is merely taking advantage of the opportunity offered to investors by the food scarcity, or that, through this abstract world of financial products, he is drastically interfering in poor people’s lives.
Six heart breaking stories – six letters – six children – six countries.
The IKON TV-series Letter From My Child contains 6 x 30′ documentaries. The six documentaries (Brazil, Haïti, Uganda, USA, The Philippines and Uganda) focus on families in six countries all over the world. Countries where families have to bear the consequences of armed conflict, violence or crime, natural and economic disaster, human rights’ violations and social exclusion.
A journey through Poland and the city of Krakow, guided by the Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska. A quest for the ‘fragments of human existence’, which she digs up and polishes into shining nuggets of poetry.
Coffee, Cake & Crematorium is an intriguing documentary about up-and-coming funeral tourism in the German-Dutch border region.
How do you live after suicide?
Through a series of poetic still lives, documentary filmmaker Nathalie Basteyns paints a moving portrait of families struggling with this question.
Apart from tulips and windmills, Holland is internationally known for its soft drugs policy.
Adopting a child has become an increasingly commen practice. But do we wonder where these children come from?
To celebrate her 40th birthday, NOS Television has broadcasted in 2011 (16th of May, 2011) an exclusive profile of Princess Máxima.
For a year, NOS Television filmed the princess on numerous occasions: we see her at work, both at home and abroad, and witness special and everyday family moments at her home ‘Villa Eikenhorst’ in Wassenaar.
Female CEO’s are scarce in the banking world. Surprisingly, in the Malaysian world of Haute Finance female executives are at the forefront. What connects these female professionals is a respect for the Sharia laws and ethics in banking, while at the same living their lives as modern day career women.
Filmmaker Frank van Osch travelled through Indonesia where he searched for former ‘comfort women’, together with photographer Jan Banning (World Press Photo Award 2004) and journalist Hilde Janssen. During the Second World War these women were forced to carry out sexual activities in military brothels, encampments and Japanese barracks.
The voyage of the HMS Beagle has been described as the most important journey ever made. During his travels, Charles Darwin gathered information and knowledge that would drastically change the way we look at the world.
This personal documentary tells the story of 35-year old filmmaker Marieke Schellart, struggling with her ticking biological clock.
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?
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.
In the penetrating film ‘Fear’ director Michiel van Erp follows the lives of six people, all dealing with an anxiety disorder.
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.
A gypsy village is suddenly confronted with huge dilemmas after they are portrayed as backward people from Kazachstan in the motion picture ‘Borat’.
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.
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.
The challenging search of photograher/director Sander Veeneman for three young adults living in poverty in Mozambique, South Africa and Peru.
Everyday paediatricians ath the neonatology ward of a hospital struggle with ethical dilemmas concerning the life and death of newborn babies.
The dilemmas surrounding euthanasia are nowhere in the world as openly under discussion as in the Netherlands. However, this does not make the issues any less emotionally charged. Backlight follows the negotiations between a doctor, a patient and the family in an Amsterdam nursing home.
Two circus artists, Achat and Tarsun, are forced to choose between continuing the old circus tradition and politics. Their different choices seriously affect their lifelong friendship.
A documentary about great fame and eternal love. The life story of Lisl Goldarbeiter (Austria’s first and only Miss Universe) and her cousin Marci Tänzer (amateur film maker).
Johan Cruijff’s international fame as a football legend is still alive in Barcelona, the city where ‘number 14’ himself lives nowadays and where he has played many matches. Thirteen people from Barcelona talk about the most important moment Cruijff has given them.