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CATHéRINE (2016) (15x40')


Current affairs show with VTM anchor Cathérine Moerkerke - as editor-in-chief.

DE WERKENDE MENS (2015) (6x52’)


An exploration of the meaning of work in eight visual essays, using a class picture of

the director when he was eleven as a starting point. What will you become,

later? What have his classmates and has he become?


Made for: Canvas, with the support of VAF/Mediafonds

Awards: Best Flemish Documentary series at Docville - Belgium


Six youngsters from six different Balkan countries meet up in Sarajevo and undertake a trip in a van through Bosnia – Montenegro – Kosovo – Macedonia – Serbia and

Croatia … exploring their common past – present – and future.


Made for: BIRN – Balkan Investigative Reporting Network


UPLACE – THE RACE (2013) (45’)


Made for: Panorama – VRT


HET NIEUWE ZOET (2012) (45’)


Made for: Panorama – VRT

Awards: Persprijs Duurzame Ontwikkeling FDRO - Belgium


WAR IS NOT A GAME (2010) (86’)


An in-depth exploration of the history of the Geneva Conventions and how they are put in to practice by soldiers in the field.


Made for: ARTE – Lichtpunt Belgium – RTBf – YLE – TSR – CBC

Awards: DOXA Film Festival - Most Creative Documentary in Vancouver, YFF Best Historical

Documentary in Yorkton, l’Etoile de la Scam in France 

Selected for IDFA 2011 in Amsterdam & nominated for the Prix Europa in Berlin

NERMA’S QUESTION (2008) (22’30)


Nerma Jelacic (30) leads a press agency covering all the local war crime trials in Bosnia & Herzegovina. She gave up a promising career in England for it.


Made for: Al Jazeera International – London – Lichtpunt Belgium


DOES ANYONE HAVE A PLAN ? (2006) (86’)


Seventeen ordinary people in Kosovo, Serbia & Montenegro, the Republic of

Macedonia (FYROM) and Bosnia & Herzegovina express their concern about the future of Kosovo. The region’s politicians try to answer them.

HEYSEL 1985 – REQUIEM FOR A CUP FINAL (2005) (90’)

Half an hour before the European Cup Final Football in 1985

39 fans died during riots in the Heysel stadium. The final was played anyway.


Made for: BBC2, VRT, RTBF, RAI, TSR, SVT, YLE, France2, SBS,

DR TV, Periscope Productions


Awards: EBU Golden Link Award, Garland of Honour at the International Sports Movies Festival in Milan, Belgian Press Award


Nominated for the Grierson Historical Documentary Award & the Prix Europa Golden Goal Award


Shown at: Hot Docs – Closing Night Film in Toronto 2005

ODE TO LIBERTY (2003) (28`)


Observational film about the oldest orchestra in the Arab world trying to revive itself after the fall of Baghdad.


Made for: VRT/BBC World


MOTHER’S CROSSING (2003) (60`) 


Not all people smugglers are criminals. Rojanne can’t walk but a people smuggler carries her on his back across the Turkish-Greek border on their way to Europe.


Made for: FRANCE 2/VPRO/SVT/YLE/VRT/RTBf - Simple

Production & La Compagnie des Taxi Brousse

Awards: FIGRA Best Documentary – France, Best Documentary Award – Brooklyn International Film Festival New York, Best Film Award – Ismailia Film Festival (Cine Magazine)


Shown at festivals in Geneva, Rome, Prague, Split, Amiens, Kiev & Barcelona



Creative documentary. The skeleton of a British soldier is found near Ypres. Ninety years after he died during the first World War he finally “sees” his great grand daughters.




EXODUS or VINA’s WORLD (1999) (54’)                             


A Kurdish refugee travels back illegally to Northern Iraq with his five year old daughter so that she can visit her grandparents.




Awards: Prix Europa 2000, Fipa d’Argent, UNDA trophy – Prix Italia, Belgian Press Award


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