Gemeente Amsterdam
The Southeast borough of Amsterdam (Bijlmer) is diverse, rich with culture and it holds many beautiful stories. Unfortunately these stories have historically been underexposed and often misrepresented. As an artist born and raised there myself, it was an honor to create a celebration of OSCAM and Bijlmer Parktheater. As art institutions they have been and continue to be instrumental in surfacing these stories and the artists behind them.

In putting together this celebration it was important for me to capture this world in a dignified way. These films needed to speak from the community’s perspective, not just about it. I felt that 16mm celluloid film would be the right format to give these stories the cinematic weight they deserve.

Featuring OSCAM, Bijlmer Parktheater, Zara Pourier, OTION, Marian Duff, Ernestine Comvalius and Jolanda Spoel

director Robbert Doelwijt Jr.
producer Michelle van Huisstede
dop Dionne Cats
composer Mar Omin

shot on 16mm film

Aan de Surinaamse Grachten
Museum van Loon

Museum van Loon is a museum in the former canal home of the van Loon family. The family’s history, and the contents of the museum are directly tied to former plantations in Suriname and the founding of the VOC. The exhibition Aan de Surinaamse Grachten  was created to illuminate this context.

The documentary I was commissioned to direct features a conversation between those that descent from enslaved people and those that descent from enslavers and other people that benefitted from slavery. The film was screened in a room in the exhibition with space for the audience to leave their reflections on a wall of notes.

The opening of the film, which you can see below, is a dramatized depiction of some of the feelings expressed in the documentary. I wanted to give the audience a tangible feel for what it might be like to experience the wealth in this museum from the perspective of someone with Afro-Surinamese descent.

director, DOP Robbert Doelwijt Jr.
composer Mar Omin
curator Marian Duff

Exhibited at museum van loon (2019-2020)

Fashion Statements
Amsterdam Museum

Six seemingly disparate fashion designers across Amsterdam, Paris and London were asked to reflect on fashion through history. Tasked with capturing these reflections I decided to use my fascination for analog film as the canvas for a document that holds a glimpse of the past, present and the future of the reality these craftspeople experience.

Featuring Art Comes First, Edson Sabajo, Marga Weimans, Ninamounah, Karim Adduchi and Bas Kosters

director, DOP Robbert Doelwijt Jr.
composer Mar Omin
curator Marian Duff

Exhibited at amsterdam museum (2019)

shot on 8mm film