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Disobedient Images 2016
#47 José Miguel Biscaya

Landscape painting with creative pixel glitches. José Miguel Biscaya explores a nature scene with the camera and rediscovers it through manipulated MPEG algorithms and deliberate encoding errors.

#47

Animated Film
Netherlands
2014
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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José Miguel Biscaya
José Miguel Biscaya
José Miguel Biscaya
José Miguel Biscaya
José Miguel Biscaya
José Miguel Biscaya
José Miguel Biscaya
Landscape painting with creative pixel glitches. José Miguel Biscaya explores a nature scene with the camera and rediscovers it through manipulated MPEG algorithms and deliberate encoding errors. Familiar natural phenomena liquefy into surprising shapes and colours straight from the hidden recesses of perception.

Ines Seifert
Kids DOK 2017
1 Minute of Nature – Birds of Prey Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr

Lizzy has some very special pets. Alba the striped owl is her favourite among the four birds of prey and occasionally gets to ride on the handlebars of Lizzy’s bicycle.

2016

1 Minute of Nature – Birds of Prey

Animadoc
Netherlands
2016
1 minute
subtitles: 
English

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Stefanie Visjager
Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
Lotte van Dijck
Kris Kobes
Tjitske Mussche
Tjitske Mussche, Arno Peeters
Lizzy has some very special pets. Alba the striped owl is her favourite among the four birds of prey and occasionally gets to ride on the handlebars of Lizzy’s bicycle.

Lina Dinkla
Kids DOK 2017
1 Minute of Nature – Blackbird Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr

Kasper has taken in a young blackbird and nursed it until it was able to fly.

2016

1 Minute of Nature – Blackbird

Animadoc
Netherlands
2016
1 minute
subtitles: 
English

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Stefanie Visjager
Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
Lotte van Dijck
Kris Kobes
Bente Hamel
Bente Hamel
Kasper has taken in a young blackbird and nursed it until it was able to fly. He tells us what it’s like to have to say goodbye.

Lina Dinkla
Kids DOK 2017
1 Minute of Nature – Boxing Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr

Geertje knows how to box and occasionally teaches boys who make trouble a lesson.

2016

1 Minute of Nature – Boxing

Animadoc
Netherlands
2016
1 minute
subtitles: 
English

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Stefanie Visjager
Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
Lotte van Dijck
Kris Kobes
Laura Stek
Laura Stek, Arno Peeters
Geertje knows how to box and occasionally teaches boys who make trouble a lesson. They should learn that girls can be stronger than they are.

Lina Dinkla
Kids DOK 2017
1 Minute of Nature – Squirrel Spot Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr

Victor has discovered that he can watch a squirrel from his window.

2016

1 Minute of Nature – Squirrel Spot

Animadoc
Netherlands
2016
1 minute
subtitles: 
English

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Stefanie Visjager
Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
Lotte van Dijck
Kris Kobes
Maartje Duin
Maartje Duin, Arno Peeters
Victor has discovered that he can watch a squirrel from his window. It’s quite trusting and he’s thinking about giving it a name.

Lina Dinkla
International Programme 2015
9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen

The photographer Issa Touma can’t leave is flat in Aleppo – there’s a fierce battle raging on his doorstep: Assad’s army against the insurgents, and then the IS enters the fray.

9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo

Documentary Film
Netherlands,
Syria
2015
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jos de Putter
Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen
Issa Touma
Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen
Issa Touma
Tom Jansen
The photographer Issa Touma can’t leave is flat in Aleppo – there’s a fierce battle raging on his doorstep: Assad’s army against the insurgents, and then the IS enters the fray. Issa points his camera at himself and, through the lowered blinds, out of the window, producing an authentic image that may seem familiar to people from conflict regions: televised news images, the sounds of real fighting outside and the “normality” of everyday life – the perversions of war.

Zaza Rusadze
International Programme 2014
A Goat For a Vote Jeroen van Velzen

Student elections in rural Kenya. What do the candidates stand for? Who cares? It’s about prestige, and “little somethings” they distribute to the electorate. A basic course in democracy.

A Goat For a Vote

Documentary Film
Kenya,
Netherlands
2013
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Hasse van Nunen, Maarten van der Ven
Jeroen van Velzen
Alex Boon
Stef Tijdink
Daan Wijdeveld
Jeroen van Velzen
Robil Rahantoeknam
Let’s look at how democratic processes are practiced at a student election in rural Kenya: What exactly does the student representative do? Who cares. The point is the office, the prestige, the start of individual careers. The candidates: Magdalena, who traditionally has a tough stand as the only female candidate. Harry, who is dirt poor. To finance his campaign he sells fish and coconuts on the market. Said the charmer, who wants to be an army general. He is already a strategist: a photo call with the deputy who is made to stand a step behind him, putting up posters, asking relatives for money. And then this seductive smile! They all know that the only way to win is through campaign gifts. Or let’s call them by their real name, like Magdalena’s grandmother: bribes. So they distribute candy and “little somethings”. Harry even manages to wheedle a goat out of his relatives. Meat for all! Only Magdalena talks about content – which is why she will lose …
What does this teach us? School as a social microcosm teaches what promises to be successful. If the way there is through corruption, that’s a daily experience in many countries. What did they say at the beginning of the film? “The best way to understand our society is to look at one’s children”. In this sense: A vote for a goat!
Matthias Heeder

Among Women

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2012
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Hasse van Nunen
Kim Brand
Harry de Wit
Suzan van Steenwijk
Joël Hielckert
Hips move rhythmically, bodies become entwined, a sexual dance is practised which at some point leads to a climax that will transport the dancer to another level. We are not in some night club in a European metropolis; we are among women in Zambia preparing each other for marriage. This is where they learn how to stay in control during intercourse, which naturally includes women pleasuring themselves. This is also where women are familiarised with the sight of the blood of defloration by making them cut the throat of a chicken clamped between their thighs. But women are not to behave like chickens under any circumstances! At any rate, it is said that after completing this course the ladies are able to carry their marriage, including the husband involved, “like a burden on their heads”.
Kim Brand approaches the rituals and thinking of another culture, not least by reflecting on her own relationship back home in Holland, opening quite original perspectives on the experience of pride, freedom, and happiness. An instructive film from every angle. We’re welcome to applaud these women at the end, as they do only after completing the act with their husband.

Claudia Lehmann
International Programme 2017
An Unforgettable Farewell Cláudio de Oliveira Marques

Dark thoughts lie over this film like fog over a city. You can’t look through them, you can’t touch them. Suicide and the life that led up to it, the grief that follows and the suicide note read aloud

An Unforgettable Farewell

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2017
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Denise van den Hoek, Bente Mars
Cláudio de Oliveira Marques
Maryna Boiko
Michel Rosendaal
Nikki Gorissen
Ruben Dekker, Karlijn Hendriksen
Dark thoughts lie over this film like fog over a city. You can’t look through them, you can’t touch them. Suicide and the life that led up to it, the grief that follows and the suicide note read aloud – in intimate conversations with concerned persons and surviving friends and family members, Cláudio de Oliveira Marques looks for ways to make such extremes communicable. Could they have known? Should they have known? And, most of all: would they have wanted to know?

Lukas Stern

Ana Ana (I Am Me)

Documentary Film
Egypt,
Netherlands,
Norway
2013
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Corinne van Egeraat
Corinne van Egeraat, Petr Lom
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Petr Lom, Nadine Salib, Sondos Shabayek, Sarah Ibrahim, Wafaa Samir
Petr Lom
Jeroen Goeijers
Where censorship rules, the hour of the metaphor has come. The Arab Spring in Egypt didn’t change much about this. The traditional roles assigned to women are still the same. Four young female artists from Cairo are cautiously exploring this thin line between poetry and prohibition in their works. They still have to hide their longing for creativity and self-realisation as well as their own ideas of sexuality and physicality under headscarves. The film translates this dichotomy between being and appearing into oscillating images that make us feel some of the fear and tension these women experience.
The Czech-born Canadian director Petr Lom and the Dutch filmmaker Corinne van Egeraat met the four theatre, photo and video artists at a workshop. They have been working together on this project since 2011, not just as actors, but also as co-authors. Their artistic objects and performances unfold a kaleidoscope of associations that dominate the film’s visual world. Past master Ryūichi Sakamoto provided the discrete but effective score. Ultimately, “Ana Ana” is a poem that couldn’t be more political.
Cornelia Klauß
Kids DOK 2014
As Boys Grow Charlotte van Otterloo

Whenever Ben spots a cute girl, his nose starts to stickle. This ends in a big sneeze – every time! Ben is ashamed and feels lonely … until that day he notices a cute girl sneezing louder than he has ever heard before.

As Boys Grow

Animated Film
Netherlands
2013
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Leontine Petit, Marleen Slot
Charlotte van Otterloo
Rob van Gameren
Sara Vlamings, Daniel Bouquet
Dorith Vinken
Mieke de Jong
Henk-Jelle de Groot
Whenever Ben spots a cute girl, his nose starts to stickle. This ends in a big sneeze – every time! Ben is ashamed and feels lonely … until that day he notices a cute girl sneezing louder than he has ever heard before.
International Programme 2015
Between the Devil and the Deep Heinrich Dahms

South African fishermen struggling to survive in the face of an official ban on fishing. Black fishing, drugs, family dramas, a love that falls apart, and always the sea.

Between the Devil and the Deep

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2015
98 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Michele Aime
Heinrich Dahms
Johan Bosgraaf
Heinrich Dahms
Heinrich Dahms
Peter Suyderhoud
There may be quite a few arguments in favour of protecting the endangered species of the abalone. Sold as an aphrodisiac in Asia, they are worth a lot of money and therefore almost extinct off the coast of South Africa. But the government’s ban on catching them primarily affects the fishermen, the weakest link in the production chain. What to do when there’s no other source of income? They dive for abalones illegally, which triggers a new cycle of violence and counter-violence, criminalisation and justice. Which is what the Dutch filmmaker Heinrich Dahms’s film portrays, exemplified by a small fishing village near Kapstadt. The stories of three families who are victims of the fishing ban coalesce into the portrait of a community crushed between the daily struggle for survival and the pitfalls of a corrupt and violent law enforcement system. The director creates impressive insights into the dangers (and beauty) of fishing as well as the lives and problems of his protagonists: a drowned son and the fight against the investigating authorities, the father of a family persecuted by the police, a meth-addicted small-time crook about to lose his wife’s love. Life in the new South Africa, as the film also shows, is full of disappointments.

Matthias Heeder
International Programme 2016
Bring the Jews Home Eefje Blankevoort, Arnold van Bruggen

When all Jews have returned to Israel the Messiah will come again. At least that’s what the Dutch missionary in Ukraine, Koen, believes. Christian fundamentalism as a whacky psycho trip.

Bring the Jews Home

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2016
56 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole
Eefje Blankevoort, Arnold van Bruggen
Harry de Wit, Stan Verberkt
Ton Peters
Patrick Schonewille
Alex Tugushin, Mark Glynne
How long must Christians still wait for the Second Coming? How will the prophecy be fulfilled and by whom? For example by Koen Carlier. At least that’s what the Flemish activist firmly believes. After all, the bible supplies precise instructions: Bring the Jews back home and the Messiah will come. So for more than 20 years he has been working in Ukraine on behalf of the Dutch branch of “Christians for Israel” in order to enlighten all the Jews still living there about their right (their duty, actually) to emigrate to Israel. But his life is a rather unglamorous one which resembles that of a commercial traveller. On his tours through underdeveloped regions he meets hospitable but also sceptical people. Some plead high blood pressure; others would rather emigrate to Germany. Carlier keeps preaching with gentle severity and unshakeable enthusiasm: Nobody will be left behind in the Diaspora, whether they like it or not.

Maidan and the outbreak of the Ukrainian conflict constitute a final change in his eyes. All signs and symbols point to Armageddon. This is where the film, too, radically changes direction: from the portrait of a confused family man to a psycho trip, working its way into the dangerous thinking of Christian religious fundamentalism, full visual power ahead.

Lars Meyer

Chopper

Animated Film
Netherlands
2012
2 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sander Verdonck
Frederik Palmaers, Lars Damoiseaux
Joris Oonk
Daan Nieuwenhuijs
Lars Damoiseaux
Frederik Palmaers & Michael Palmaers
Michael Palmaers
Arno Willemstein
“Eat or be eaten”, people would have said in the past. Today we have a different, wider perspective on nature. A whole life cycle is contained in the crocodile’s stomach: a stork who ate a frog who ate a praying mantis who …

City of the Sun

Documentary Film
Georgia,
Netherlands,
Qatar,
USA
2017
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli, Jim Stark
Rati Oneli
Arseni Khachaturan
Ramiro Suárez
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli
Sonia Matrosova, Alexey Kobzar
Chiatura once set the pulse of the times. With the biggest manganese mine in the world, the city was a motor of the Soviet heavy industry. When Rati Oneli arrives, those days are over. Few things are moving, except for his camera which moves to capture a wide screen shot. Or perhaps there are: the minds and bodies of a music teacher, a miner and two young female athletes who persevere in what has become a ghost town. Oneli combines their portraits in a thrilling atmospheric tale that invokes the Georgian national epic and is enriched by suggestive music, giving a narrative form to his long film debut that at least gets the documentary elements flowing.

Zaza Rusadze