The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam kicked off on Wednesday with a royal award for founder Ally Derks. The departing IDFA director was appointed an Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs on Wednesday evening.
Broadcasting association BNNVARA announced that it will be showing 'Jesse' - a documentary about GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver - during prime time on September 4th. The fact that the documentary was made by a former GroenLinks employee and friend of Klaver, triggered outrage on social media, where some renounced the documentary as a "propaganda film" and others raised questions about public broadcaster NPO's objectivity, the Volkskrant reports.
Attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer are heading for Amsterdam. On March 20th they will be in the De Meervaart theater to discuss the high-profile trial that is the focus of their documentary. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
More than 50 years after one of the most famous prison breaks in history, three Dutch scientists reenacted the escape from Alcatraz. After numerous computer simulations, they made the trip between Alcatraz island and San Francisco on a boat made of raincoats, and concluded that it was possible that the three infamous prisoners survived the escape in 1962
The Noordbrabants Museum in 's-Hertogenbosch tried to block a documentary about their Hieronymus Bosch exhibition with a lawsuit because they knew it would offend the Prado Museum in Madrid
Cinema chain Pathé is putting two David Bowie films on their silver screens this week in a memorial for the singer. The documentary David Bowie Is and fantasy film Labyrinth will each be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dutch documentary filmmaker Maaike Engels and war photographer Teun Voeten were attacked by three asylum seekers in Calais on Friday while finishing off a documentary they've been working on since September. Their attackers were chased off by two other asylum seekers throwing stones at them. Engels managed to film the incident and posted it on YouTube
Roger Williams received death threats due to his Zwarte Piet documentary Blackface. The American director revealed this on RTL Late Night on Monday night.
With the International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam, (IDFA), in full swing and industry people roaming the Dutch capital’s streets, there is no denying that documentaries are a hot topic. Especially in times like these they help shape our view of this crazy world.
When David Bernet set out in 2009 to direct Democracy, a documentary that throws a spotlight on the inner workings of the European Parliament, he knew he needed a topic that would be relevant for years to come. It was still four years before Edward Snowden leaked classified information about the United States government’s global surveillance, and accused the Netherlands of kowtowing to U.S. spying demands (the Dutch denied the accusation).
U2 frontman Bono has signed on to assist with the production of a new documentary on Dutch pop artist Herman Brood. The film's director, Dennis Alink, is ecstatic to work with the musician, according to ANP.
Former Dutchbat soldiers are stunned by the new information about the fall of Srebrenica that was revealed in a documentary about the enclave that was aired on Monday. They are demanding answers.
A massive 972 thousand people watched the Satudarah documentary on Monday night, putting the documentary in the 8th place on the list of most watched television programs.
Roger Ross Williams, the American documentary filmmaker for CNN, is currently filming a documentary about Zwarte Piet, De Telegraaf reports.
Manon Ossevoort arrived at the South Pole on Tuesday after traveling from Europe, through Africa and finally across Antarctica on a red Massey Ferguson tractor.
A new documentary telling the story of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum, and the years of construction work that went on while it was shuttered, took the award for Best Dutch Documentary at the International Documentary Film-festival Amsterdam over the weekend. Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum: De film will be screened in theatres across the Netherlands beginning December 11.
“I was worried my movie about a group of elderly people from New Zealand wouldn’t resonate on a global scale,” says documentary director Bryn Evans, in an exclusive interview with the NL Times. The film has four more screenings at the International Documentary Film-festival Amsterdam.