Reviews & Awards

Silent Land, the fight for fair food
Bunsan en Seng Channeang

Silent Land, feature length documentary, 75 min.

 

Seng Channeang, a young Cambodian farmer, sees her farm and way of life threatened  by large scale companies and land grabbers. We follow her on her hunt for security for her family, for 4 dramatic years.

 

His Excellency Mong Reththy, one of the richest men in the country, built an empire in agricultural production. His large scale production is possible since the Khmer Rouge eradicated all property titles.

 

The two meet. Seng Channeang learns, and keeps looking for the middle way. She hopes her new born baby  will study law for the rights of the small scale farmers.

 

for site and trailer: www.silentland.org


Silent Snow feature length
Barcelona awards

Grand Prix Cine Eco Film Festival Seia, Portugal 2012. Best Nature and Culture Award: 2012 International Mountain Film Festival, Domzale Slovenia / Innovative Award, Envirofilm 2012, Slovakia / Water Award at CinemaVerde Film and Arts Festival Gainesville, Florida / Special Mention at Festival delle Terre, Rome / Survival International Award, IX Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona - Paris - New York

 

"With breathtaking images of nature, Golden Calf winner Jan van den Berg emphasizes both the beauty and vulnerability of our world." Movies that Matter festival, The Netherlands


Silent Snow short
Audience Award in Tokyo

ECOZINE Festival, Spain: Best Short Film

Short Shorts Film Festival in Japan:

     Stop Global Warming Award and

     J-Wave Audience Award

Planet in Focus, Toronto: First Prize

HRAFF Australia: Best International Film

FIFFEL, Zwitserland: Best Film

Global Environment Film Festival Japan:

     Children Earth Vision Award

Slow Food Film Festival, Italy: Golden Snail

Green Film Fest, South-Korea: First Prize

Nominations and Honorable Mentions:

     INKAFESTIVAL, Peru

     HR Film Festival, Argentina

     CMS VATAVARAN, India


Golden Calf Deacon of Death
Babeth Vanloo & Jan van den Berg

"A tale so intimate and suspenseful that is has the feel of a novel."

Anne-Marie O'Connor, LA Times.

Other reviews: Cambodian Daily, The Power of Culture.

Dutch Reviews: NRC Handelsblad, Volkskrant, Het Parool, GPD.


Nomination Taming the Floods
Frank Rigter en Jan Decleir

Nominated for a Dutch Academy Award
The jury: "A fascinating film about a fascinating subject."
Dutch Reviews: Trouw, Volkskrant


Nomination Seven Dreams of Tibet
Nominated for a Dutch Academy Award

Bye Jan
Bye Jan

Golden key in Lorquin (France), bronze dragon in Krakow (Poland), two awards in Oberhausen's int. short film festival in Germany and two nominations for a golden calf at the Dutch Film Festival


El Abrazo
A gancho by Alejandro y Vanina

European Video Dance Award, Paris

 


Het huis in de jungle 09-01-2010 Last trip for Silent Snow
From this house in the jungle we traveled to the Bri Bri indians to film the last scenes for Silent Snow. They succeeded to fight malaria without the use of DDT, but new dangers are threatening them. Far away upstream they start gold mining and poisons like mercury will reach them in their until now unspoiled and protected environment. The film will be ready by the end of September. Picture Amanda Merkx.
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Schaapherder Arnold Bemelmans en zijn kudde 08-11-2010 More than 100.000 viewers for 'Het Galgenven'
Last week, the 'Boeddhistische Omroep' broadcasted Jan van den Bergs feature film 'Het Galgenven' on national television. Despite of the unfortunate schedule, the film had more than 100.000 viewers. 'Het Galgenven' had his premiere in October 2009 on the Dutch film festival. After this, the feature film was screened in several cinema's across the country for weeks. You can still see 'Het Galgenven' on www.uitzendinggemist.nl or buy the DubbelDVD 'Het Galgenven & Taming the floods' on this website.
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Greenland 06-07-2010 Silent Snow at Strawberry Earth Film Festival
Last weekend at the Dutch Environmental Film Festival Strawberry Earth Silent Snow proved to be one of the greenest film projects: we filmed all over the world with local crews, we found a great editor in our city of Utrecht, Boris Everts, who's coming on bike to edit at drsFILM headquarters and we decided to postpone the world premiere from September in Toronto to IDFA in November, being able to invite people who helped us in Greenland, India and Africa to the city of Amsterdam, avoiding many extra travels to Canada. See www.silentsnow.org
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Seminar Jon Reiss 05-14-2010 DIY distribution seminar
A two days seminar in Amsterdam - where DIY ‘do it yourself‘ guru Jon Reiss - author of Bomb It gave us a lot of ideas and positive energy - was the perfect start for the distribution of the feature length Silent Snow film. With the help of our ambassadors worldwide we’ll be able to organize a great campaign around the film. On the picture from left to right, standing: organizers Carlos Natalio and Chai Locher, sitting: independent producer Jean Hellwig, Jon Reiss and Jan van den Berg
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Dog sledge early morning 04-16-2010 Soft ice in Saattut
An evening in Saattut, a small settlement in North West Greenland. The heavy snow last night has made the ice even more unreliable than yesterday and it seems we’re unable to return to Uummannaq. Too much “soft ice”. Lars, a brave Danish never-no-fear guy who’s just back from Afghanistan, wants to go ahead alone and see if we can make it on our dog sledges. On his snow scooter it won’t take him more than an hour, he has told us. But after some hours there is still no news from Lars.. See blogs in www.silentsnow.org
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Pipaluk and Viraj 04-12-2010 Cameraman Viraj Singh in Greenland
As I flew out of Copenhagen, I cursed my luck as I didn’t get a window seat. I wanted to have my first glimpse of Greenland. As we were in the air, the captian announced how we could see Iceland below and I twisted my neck to see if Bjork was dancing somewhere on some mountain, but I was in the center seat and all I could see white clouds. 10 days later as we all know, those clouds were replaced by clouds of ashes that would cause aeroplane’s engines to shut down, which would then cause all of Europe to shut down its airports, leaving us stranded in the land of the glaciers. See his blog on www.silentsnow.org
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Sophia and Pipaluk 03-23-2010 Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann in Uganda
I again flew 9 hours , but this time southwards - to Uganda. From Entebbe we drove to Kampala to pick up Ellady. Ellady works for Toxic Free Malaria Control in Uganda and he will join us on our trip to Lira in the north of Uganda. He did a lot of research in the region and knows exactly what happened there. On the picture: Pipaluk and Sophia, who was put in prison because she refused to let her house be sprayed. See Pipaluk's blog at www.silentsnow.org
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Periyar river near Eloor 02-26-2010 An Indian struggle against pollution
The ferry over the beautiful Periyar river near Eloor, an island with 160 chemical factories. One of these factories produces DDT, a dangerous pesticide still widely used in India. It causes extreme pollution. In case of an accident people are trapped on the island, because the ferry closes at 9 PM. Jose, appointed by Greenpeace as first river keeper in Asia, fights against the pollution of his river. But it doesn’t make him popular amongst his fellow islanders, because many are dependent on these factories. Photo by Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann. More info: www.silentsnow.org
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Pipaluk KO on sledge 01-24-2010 Premiere feature length Silent Snow planned for fall 2010
After 9 awards on International Film Festivals for the short film in which two girls examine the slow poisoning of their environment we’re already working on the long film. We follow Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann who’s traveling all over the world to the sources of this pollution. “That we, especially young women, can’t eat our food anymore. The mere thought of it made me crazy.” In different continents she faces heart breaking dilemma’s. The premiere of the feature length film is planned for the fall 2010. See www.silentsnow.org
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Glory 12-20-2009 Silent Snow in Africa
In East Africa film maker Glory Mollel (picture) discovers how difficult it is to get rid of DDT in a Masai village in Tanzania. People can't afford the more expensive alternatives and need something against malaria mosquitos and flees. The governments of neighbouring countries Ugana and Mozambique start spraying the houses with DDT again, leaving the farmers - who just started to grow ecological cotton - with a harvest they can't sell anymore. A solution seems far away. See www.silentsnow.org
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