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:

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:


     HR Film Festival, Argentina


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


Award Ecozine Film Festival 2017
Award EcoZine Festival

Award for Silent Land op het EcoZine Int Film Festival. De Jury: Het verhaal blijft spannend tot het eind. We zien de tegenstanders in dit drama elk hun eigen verhaal vertellen en de film laat het aan de kijker te oordelen.

Seng Channeang in de film 09-02-2017 Gouden Buffel 2017
10 nieuwe Silent Land voorstellingen met bijdragen van Nederlandse topkoks. Ze brengen met hun duurzame recepten een hommage aan kleine boeren in de wereld. Na een introductie door Jan van den Berg volgt in elke stad het verhaal van een kok die meedoet aan de strijd om de Gouden Buffel 2017. Geniet van de film en de hapjes!
Seng Channeang in ricefield 04-02-2017 Silent Land
Since the world première in Tuschinski, Amsterdan, Silent Land, the fight for fair food, has already been selected for a number of International Film Festivals and shown in many cinema's in The Netherlands. These cinema screenings will continue until the Netherlands Film Festival in October. See for more news and schedules:
Jineth Bedoya Lima 11-17-2016 The Laws of Silence
A film about sexual abuse, shame and the long way to forgiveness in Colombia.
7th award for trailer film 10-11-2016 Silent Land
Premiere of the feature length Silent Land film is planned for October 11, Amsterdam, Tuschinski. From October 13 in the dutch Cinema's/ Belgium cinema's will follow early 2017.
Silent Snow en Silent Land 12-05-2015 Uitzending Silent Snow op Canvas
Morgen op Canvas: Silent Snow 22.55 - 23.55. Terwijl we de laatste hand leggen aan de montage van Silent Land, premiere april 2016 in Amsterdam, Tuschinski, wordt haar voorganger, Silent Snow, over de onzichtbare vergiftiging van de poolgebieden, morgenavond nog een keer door Canvas uitgezonden.
see also Silent Snow >>
Film makers in Zaragoza 11-26-2015 Symposium in Zaragoza
When Elephants Dance, the Grass gets Beaten - 25 min short pre film for Silent Land - was shown twice in Zaragoza at an Intern. Forum about pesticides. Here with film makers from a.o. Slovakia, Denmark and Spain. Right: Pedro, director of the environmental festival in Zaragoza, who will organize the Spanish premiere of Silent Land, in May 2016, with the help of Silvia Hernandez, sitting in the middle with yellow coat. Thanks for all your support!
Maurits Groen 10-10-2015 Maurits Groen, the greenest!
Maurits Groen, great promoter of our films Silent Snow and Silent Land, is now officially the greenest man in The Netherlands. "With his WakaWaka project he brought light into the environmental darkness". See more about this green man on Congratulations, Maurits!
bffe logo jpeg 09-15-2015 Silent Land at the Buddhist Filmfestival in Amsterdam
Saturday, October 3rd, the first 12 min. of our film Silent Land will be shown at the Buddhist Filmfestival in Amsterdam.
Event women 09-15-2015 Filmcrew in Colombia
In August we filmed the return of 300 female survivors to El Salado. For a long time, the women kept silent about sexual abuse and the violence during the massacre, but after 15 years they returned to their village showing their strength and hope for the future.
2015-05-30 18.05.56 05-31-2015 7th award for When Elephants Dance...
7the award for the short film 'When Elephants Dance, the Grass gets Beaten. Algra brought the award from Spain to cafe Orloff in Utrecht. Premiere of 'Silent Land', sequel to the multi award winning film 'Silent Snow' is planned for March 2016.For more information, visit
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