I am a Dutch-Swiss documentary filmmaker focusing on European subcultures, marginalized identities and migration. At the University of Zurich I studied Popular Culture Studies, Social Anthropology and Film Studies and as a Master Cultural Analysis and Popular Culture Studies.
A course in Visual Anthropology introduced me to ethnographic filmmaking. My documentaries reflect the fusion of cinematographic storytelling and scientific ethnography.
In 2016 I founded KALEIDODOC to produce and distribute my documentaries.
Fennameen (Documentary about a 86 year old blind woman) 2018
Between War and Waiting (Documentary about Syrian refugees) 2016
Weder Noch mit Bart (Documentary about Transgender & Transform identities / Master Thesis) 2014
Sylt – ein audiovisueller Reisebericht (Scientific Excursion) 2013
En Guete – Kultureller Reichtum in der Küche (Summer School, short documentary about an integration programme in Switzerland) 2012
Several short films for video marketing purposes
My method is based on approaches of ethnographic film and visual anthropology. I combine this approach with the artistic freedom of the medium and call this method Ethnographic Film Art.
Strategies of ethnographic film art include:
– intensive field research
– active participation in the field
– interactive and dynamic camera work
– self-reflexivity and disclosure of the ethnographic approach
– cooperation with the protagonists during production and postproduction
– creative editing techniques, own handwriting
– recognize the relevance of the unspectacular
– merge the gaze of the ethnographer with the gaze of the protagonists
Using these tactics, it is possible to become part of a subculture and create a look from the inside based on mutual trust.