Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding (2001): “..where it’s necessary to wear different masks..”

I saw Monsoon Wedding (2001) by Indian filmmaker Mira Nair, a while ago when I was living in New York and interning for a Dutch journalist, Max Westerman. . .

Kakekomi

Kakekomi (2002): “.. I left the cinema theatre .. with a retirement goal..”

“The reason why Kakekomi (2015) is dear to me is that the director Masato Harada was present at Eigasai 2016, a Japanese film festival that I went to. . .

representation of women

“..representation of women in Dutch cinema, it still isn’t that great..”

“I worked as the script coach for the fiction FilmLAB of CinemAsia Film Festival. I guided the FilmLAB participants from beginning to end. . .

Merantau

Merantau (2009): “..they displayed Asian characters who resembled me..”

“The first film about Indonesian martial arts that I ever watched is Merantau (2009), directed by the Scottish Gareth Evans. A very sophisticated film. . .

Devdas

Devdas (2002): “..I actually never was a fan of Shah Rukh Khan..”

“I actually never was a fan of Devdas (2002) actor Shah Rukh Khan, which is a film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But in 2002 I was forced by my cousin. . .

Tumbbad

Tumbbad (2018): “..with greed, nobody really wins in the end..”

“Tumbbad (2018) is basically a cautionary tale about greed and how it’s inherited and passed on within a vicious circle that goes on for many generations. . .

The Looming Storm

The Looming Storm (2017): “..things might not always go your way..”

“The main character in The Looming Storm (2017) whose name is Yu Guowei (Yihong Duan) is a security guard at a Chinese state factory in the Ghunan. . .

A Boy and Sungreen

A Boy and Sungreen | 보희와 녹양 (2018): “..cute and sweet depiction of characters..”

“A Boy and Sungreen | 보희와 녹양 (2018) is a Korean light comedy-drama film about a teenager boy, Bo-hee (Ahn Ji-ho), who finds out that his father is still. . .

Cek Toko Sebelah

Cek Toko Sebelah (2018): “..generational differences between young and old..”

“Cek Toko Sebelah (2018), which means ‘Check out the store next door’ is a light comedy film that tells the story of an Indonesian family from which the. . .

Run to the Beach

Run to the Beach | Kulari ke Pantai (2018): “..the film has a lovely message..”

“Run to the Beach (2018) is an Indonesian children’s film, about two girls, Sam and Happy (Maisha Kanna and Lil’li Latisha) who are cousins of each other. . .

CinemAsia Film Festival

Humans of Film Amsterdam & CinemAsia Film Festival 2019.

As from March 1st, you’ll be able to read stories from filmLAB participants and CinemAsia Film Festival involvees. Save the date March 5th till 10th. . .

Dead Poets Society

15th Humans of Film Amsterdam column story in ‘De Film Krant’: Dead Poets Society (1989).

“Dead Poets Society (1989) is een film die me in mijn hart raakt, omdat het mij inspireerde om mijn talenten te gebruiken en mijn dromen na te jagen. Robin Williams speelt een leraar op een kostschool die zijn studenten poëzie, literatuur en morelen leert om een kritische geest te vormen en om oppervlakkige kennis te overtreffen. . .