Mon 25 March 2024

Dutch Movies Matter Night

During the Dutch Movies Matter Night on Monday 25 March we will present the film Als ik mijn ogen sluit: leven met de Japanse kampen.

The Dutch Movies Matter programme focuses on Dutch feature films and documentaries. As different as they are, they have one thing in common: they focus their lens on social injustice and human dignity. On Monday 25 March, we will screen the documentary Als ik mijn ogen sluit: leven met de Japanse kampen by Pieter van Huystee. The film portrays the women and girls who survived the internment camps during the Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East Indies (1942-1945) and how they coped with it later in life. The internment camps left deep scars, many of which are still unhealed. As viewers, we delve into the survivors’ minds. There are few photos of the camps and almost no film material. However, the women and children in the camp created hundreds of drawings. 

The evening will be opened by Dewi van de Weerd, ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation.

After the screening presentator Mirthe Frese will lead us into conversation with director Pieter van Huystee, one of the ladies from the film and Inez Schelfhout, clinical psychologist/psychotherapist specialized in transgenerational transmission of trauma after war.

Language: English


Dewi van de Weerd


Pieter van Huystee


Mirthe Frese


Inez Schelfhout