3 Faces

World Cinema Amsterdam, 3 Faces | Se rokh (2018) “..what’s real and when is it a staged scene?..”

“I thought 3 Faces (2018) was a good film. I do have to admit that I thought it was a documentary film because it seemed conveyed to me in that way by someone else, but it is a beautiful fiction film. The movie is about an actress (Behnaz Jafari) who is shocked by a video of a young girl who says that she also wants to become an actress, but her family prevents her. . .

World Cinema Amsterdam

Humans of Film Amsterdam & World Cinema Amsterdam Festival 2018.

I have fantastic news to announce. This year Humans of Film Amsterdam will collaborate with World Cinema Amsterdam Festival. Which takes place from the 16th till the 25th of August. You can visit the festival at the Rialto and De Balie theatres in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. . .


World Cinema Amsterdam, Sir (2018): “..The submissiveness and saying ‘yes sir’ to everything..”

“I love Sir (2018) by Rohena Gera and I just came back from India three weeks ago. It was my first time and I went with my girlfriend who had been there already. She has a Surinamese background but she is of East-Indian decent so her roots, far away in history are originally based in India. . .

La Haine

La Haine (1995): “..but it also confronted me with culture clashes..”

“Whenever people ask me which film I like most it is often La Haine (1995) that comes up in my mind. I first saw the film about 20 years ago when I was 13 or 14. I grew up in Groningen, the Netherlands in a neighborhood that wasn’t that rich, but it varied from low-income families up till some middle-class families. . .

Girls Always Happy

Film Recensie: Girls Always Happy | Rou qing shi (2018); Regisseur: Yang Mingming.

Beoordeling: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3/5. Ongelooflijk intiem en toch verbazingwekkend vol discussies. Girls Always Happy | Rou qing shi (2018) is het verhaal van een moeder en haar dochter die vanwege hun superhechte relatie gelukkige tijden vermengd met veel ruzie verduren dat voortspruit uit hun angsten en wanhoop.

Something Useful

Film Review: Something Useful | Ise yarar bir sey (2017); Director: Pelin Esmer.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3/5. A touching film with a poetic and philosophical feel! Something Useful | Ise yarar bir sey (2017) is about the lyrical revelation of people’s motives, but also about coincidence. Why do people do certain things when they normally wouldn’t want to do it. Or rather be doing something else. . .

Something Useful

Film Recensie: Something Useful | Ise yarar bir sey (2017); Regisseur: Pelin Esmer.

Beoordeling: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3/5. Een ontroerende film met een poëtisch en filosofisch gevoel! Something Useful | Ise yarar bir sey (2017) gaat over de lyrische openbaring van de motieven van mensen, maar ook over toeval. Waarom doen mensen bepaalde dingen wanneer ze dat normaal niet zouden willen doen? Of liever zelfs iets anders zouden willen doen.

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Film Review: The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018); Director: Muayad Alayan.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3/5. Such a tragic, but interesting drama film! The Reports on Sarah and Saleem | Al-Taqareer Hawl Sarah wa Saleem (2018) is a great example of how something so simple as an affair can politically grow out of proportion. Eventually, it becomes the mission to prove who is wrong and who is right but also to distinguish the bad from the good. . .

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Film Recensie: The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018); Regisseur: Muayad Alayan.

Beoordeling: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3/5. Zo’n tragische, maar interessante dramafilm! The Reports on Sarah and Saleem | Al-Taqareer Hawl Sarah wa Saleem (2018) is een goed voorbeeld van hoe iets zo eenvoudigs als een affaire op politiek gebied buiten proportie kan groeien. Uiteindelijk wordt het de missie om te bewijzen wie ongelijk heeft en wie gelijk heeft, maar ook om het slechte van het goede te onderscheiden.

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Film Recensie: Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017); Regisseur: Michael Matthews.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 4/5. Wat een spannende en enerverende film! Five Fingers for Marseilles | Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles (2017) bevat historische onderwerpen zoals segregatie en onderdrukking, maar ook de mythische thema’s van de strijd voor vrijheid en om zichzelf te verlossen. . .

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Film Review: Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017); Director: Michael Matthews.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 4/5. What a captivating and exciting film! Five Fingers for Marseilles | Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles (2017) entails historic topics such as segregation and oppression, but also the mythical themes of the fight for freedom and to redeem oneself. . .


11th Humans of Film Amsterdam column story in ‘De Film Krant’: Frida (2002).

“Mexico is mijn favoriete plek op aarde! Nadat ik de film Frida (2002) zag, nam mijn vriendje me mee naar Mexico-Stad. Daar staat nog altijd het ‘Casa. . .