Competitions

Dutch Movies Matter

In Dutch Movies Matter we bring engaged Dutch films to the attention. Films that deal with social developments in the Netherlands, or that look beyond national borders.

Nominations

Bastard, The

Poignant, layered story about Ethiopian native Daniël Hoek and his Dutch father Joop Hoek, who left him when he was a child. Both are convinced that their lives would have been quite different if their fathers had not abandoned them.As a child, Ethiopian Daniël Hoek was abandoned by his Du...

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When Are You Coming Back, Kees?

In 1987, film student Kees Schaap made a documentary about a Palestinian family living on the West Bank. They were on the verge of losing their land. Thirty years later Schaap returns, filled with doubt. Did he promise too much? Did the family expect the film to save them? Thirty years afte...

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Lamentations of Judas

The men of ‘32 Battalion’ were black Angolans fighting for white South Africa. Many of them were just boys back then. Now they spend their lives in the desert town of Pomfret, struggling with doubts and regret. Can there be redemption for these men? After the MPLA won Angola’s war of ...

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(Fe)male Heart, The

When Hella de Jonge starts suffering from heart problems, she reacts badly to her medications: drowsiness, pain and even hallucinations. She finds out that the female heart differs from the male. De Jonge talks to researchers, medical professionals and patients, and confronts the doctor who suggested her com...

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Sidik and the Leopard

In the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan Sidik sets out to find a panther that has not been seen in the area for 25 years. Finding the panther could mean that the area will be designated as a national reserve. Sidik hopes that this would put an end to wars and conflict. Eq...

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Verstoten Vaders

When fathers may no longer see their child after a divorce, the grief can start controlling their lives. The three fathers in Verstoten vaders (‘Alienated Fathers’) are torn between anger, incomprehension and doubt. ‘My life feels like sitting in a waiting room.’ ‘There i...

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Prison for Profit

Hard-hitting documentary about the grim reality inside South Africa’s Mangaung Prison. Run by private multinational security company G4S, ill-treatment, torture and neglect are rampant and underpaid prison guards fear for their lives. With accounts from whistleblowers, warders and ex-inmates, and shocking ...

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Stop Filming Us

Fascinating study into different perceptions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Can a Western filmmaker really capture something truthful about this complex, damaged and beautiful country? Or do Western ‘good intentions’ only cause harm and frustration? Honest and insightful, with voices from all s...

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Daddy and the Warlord

Filmmaker Shamira Raphaela together with American-Dutch journalist Clarice Gargard set out on a quest into Clarice’s father’s past. Much to her surprise, she discovers that the man she had always looked up to had played an instrumental role in bringing Charles Taylor to power: former president of Liberia...

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Dirty God

When Jade, a young mother from London, is discharged from hospital, the doctors are happy with her progress. But can she ever be happy again? After an acid attack by her ex, she will have to live with scars on her neck, chest, arms and part of her face. The burns may heal, but the scars remain. Opening film ...

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From Ghetto to Parliament

Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, is a successful musician and, more importantly, a freedom fighter from Uganda. From the slums he works his way up to become an elected representative in national parliament, where his outspokenness sets him apart… and gets him into trouble. Meanwhile, he continue...

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Drømmeland

In the beautiful primordial nature of Norway, Nils (age 60) tries to live on his own. He is tired of the everyday hustle and bustle of modern life and goes to live in the wilderness, together with his beloved horse. He manages to support himself quite well, but has great difficulty extracting himself from mo...

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All Against All

In-depth and eye-opening documentary about the rise of fascism in the Netherlands prior to World War II. Unique archive footage gives a frightening account of how nationalism can derail.Allen Tegen Allen draws an as yet unknown portrait of fascism gradually taking hold in the Nether...

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Stad van twee lentes

When the war with IS in Iraq is nearly over, the displaced people who fled from Mosul want to return to their old homes and lives. Ala’, an eleven-year-old girl, is one of these refugees. She dreams of having a small garden at her family home, even though the city is in ruins. Parallel to t...

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Jungle, a Modern Odyssey

Syrian-Dutch actors Majd Mardo and George Tobal both received a Dutch Golden Calf award for their acting performances in this two-part film about different travellers on their way to ‘the promised land’. It is not just their destination that ties their destinies together: all of them are also travelling ...

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Bruce Lee & The Outlaw

Homeless Nicu lives on the streets of Bucharest. Like many street kids, he is addicted to drugs and survives by begging. Bruce Lee, the self-proclaimed King of the Underworld, takes him under his wing. But as Nicu gets older, he starts to wonder if Bruce Lee is that good of a father figure for him. Oliver Tw...

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Schoonmakersparlement, Het

Cleaning workers in the Netherlands are sick and tired of being underpaid and undervalued. Therefore, they established a special representative body to defend their interests in 2010.In 2010, the Netherlands faced the longest strike since 1933. Dutch cleaners made headlines as they went on s...

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I <3 my muslim

Carla is a 62-year-old Amsterdam native who has converted to Islam; she is married to Fouad, who is almost 30 years younger. Formerly a Libyan fighter, he now lives in the Netherlands. The film shows their everyday lives, and at the same time outlines a personal perspective on the turmoil in the Middle East ...

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Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel

Dutch filmmaker Carina Molier uses interviews with survivors and archival footage to reconstruct the 2008 attack on the prestigious Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India. Dozens of people were killed in the attack.On 26 November 2008, armed Pakistani men stormed the Taj Mahal Palace, a famous fiv...

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Refuge

Ghullam, Khaibar and Noori were minors when they fled from Afghanistan to the Netherlands without their parents. By now, they have been waiting for years for a ruling on their residence permits and are living in Maastricht in a derelict flat scheduled for demolition. Three Maastricht senior citizens care dee...

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Stranger Came to Town, A

The complex reality cannot be reduced to a simple matter of good versus evil, especially not where the war in Syria is concerned. Four people living in Aleppo talk about their experiences and offer their perspective on the situation in this cinematographic essay on the chaos in the country.A...

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