The highlights of 2022:
FROM BAHIA TO BROOKLYN – CARIBBEAN STORIES (SEVEN PART SERIES) BY DIRECTOR MARTIJN BLEKENDAAL AND NINA JURNA
In November 2022 the last recordings of the 7-part travel series From Bahia to Brooklyn took place. Nina Jurna takes the viewer along on her own journey and curiosity, to discover how a Caribbean Identity, shaped by (whether or not forced) ‘migration’, and national consciousness is growing and what kind of impact this has on the region. Director Martijn Blekendaal and Nina Jurna filmed in Brazil, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Curaçao, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Brooklyn (New York). Expected in May 2023 (VPRO).
PETER & ERIK (WORKING TITLE) BY JESSE BLEEKEMOLEN
Together with the KRO-NCRV we are producing the documentary Peter & Erik. At the age of 17, Peter Anema and Erik Hulsegge (now 55 years old) found out that they are each other’s twin brother. What happened after they were born when they were given up for adoption as twins? Why are they divorced? An exciting and moving film about their quest, with the help of investigative journalist Myrthe Buitenhuis who who leaves no stone unturned. Who is responsible for these strange practices in the 1960s?
THE SPECTACULAR ABSENCE OF GOD BY ERIK FRANSMAN
THE PHOTOGRAPH BY SHERMAN DE JESUS ON STREAMING PLATFORMS
Arthur Japin about The Photograph: “Gorgeous and compelling, a poignant portrait, not only of photographer Van der Zee, but also of the Harlem Renaissance. The pride that emanates from his photos is perfectly captured. A personal quest that, as broad as the Mississippi Delta, flows into Afro-American culture. Moving images, soft and comforting.”
The Photograph was broadcasted on NPO at AVROTROS Close Up. The film was also screened this year at the Dias Latinos Festival in Amersfoort, with a discussion with film composer Randal Corsen and director Sherman De Jesus.
Also our films received awards in 2022. Dande Di Aruba by Cindy Kerseborn was selected by the Playa Film Festival, Aruba and the 7th Music Film Festival in Buenos Aires. Broken by Nan Rosens was screened at the International Documentary Festival Beholders. New Light- Rijkmuseum and slavery by Ida Does was nominated for la Prix Italia, I Will Tell International Film Festival in Los Angeles, and won Best Feature Length Documentary at the Playa Film Festival in Aruba.
LUXOR AWARD FOR SHERMAN DE JESUS
A day before Sherman De Jesus’ 75th birthday, he received the Luxor Award for his special oeuvre, which gives him a unique place within Dutch film. Sherman made films that went against the bureaucracy of film financing. Sherman’s Caribbean background runs like a red thread through his oeuvre. For example, he made the film The Indian Beard a Negro, Ocalia and a Shtetl in the Caribbean. And his engagement with the artists of the Zero movement – Jan Schoonhoven, Jan Henderikse and Henk Peeters – has also been documented in a series of documentaries. Sherman dedicates the award to Cécile van Eijk, who has assisted him all those years. The award was designed by artist Felo Hettich.
CINDY KERSEBORNPENNING IS AWARDED TO BIBI FADLALLA
A film about the mystery that surrounds dementia and music, a film about three marines in training on a naval ship, a film about the miraculous journey from the Fallerhouse to Surinamese territory and a documentary portrait about an artist yet to be revealed. It promises to be a special year.