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.

Don Timoteo in Silent Snow 03-30-2015 Russian version Silent Snow
After versions in Arabic, Chinese and other languages Tamara Kutonova volunteered to make a Russian version for Silent Snow, specially because of the International Pesticides Week. Many thanks to her and her colleagues.
Watch the Russian version at
Film poster met Award1 01-03-2015 When Elephants dance in Zaandam
In het kader van het 35-jarig bestaan van de Wereldwinkel in de Zaanstreek organiseert Wereldwinkel Zaandam een filmmiddag op zaterdag 17 januari. Hier zal de korte film When elephants dance, the grass gets beaten worden getoond.
Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 11.00.03 AM 12-03-2014 Deacon of Death on NPO doc
Deacon of Death, winnaar van het Gouden Kalf 2004 wordt meerdere malen op NPO doc vertoont de komende maand!
award 11-07-2014 Award for “When Elephants dance, the grass gets beaten”
The documentary “When Elephants dance, the grass gets beaten” wins the Fairtrade Italia Award at the Terra di Tutti Film Festival, Bologna!
Zicht op Dordrecht 10-07-2014 Windmills of the mind on tv
De uitzending is op de lokale zender van RTVDordrecht. Klik hier voor meer informatie en de link naar de uitzending.
Dodrecht Rotterdam - art project 09-29-2014 Windmills of the Mind
Together with Han Bakker and Jacob Gelt Dekker we'll start a series of films about art projects along the river between Dordrecht and Rotterdam, great stories of floods, survival and creativity. Jan van den Berg and Martijn Schroevers made a trailer for the series:

Dinner party with CHC 09-22-2014 Film crew arrived in Cambodia
Film crew arrived in Cambodia to film the floods for Silent Land film. With researcher Willem van de Put, the director of CHC who gave a great welcome party, Moon standing and her husband Bunsan. Picture by cameraman Viraj Singh.
Laws of Silence 09-22-2014 The Laws of Silence - New documentary!
After months of hard work behind the scenes, we have some great news: We are going make a documentary to give voice and face to the stories of victims of sexual violence.
Moon in ricefield 08-17-2014 success for When elephants dance, the grass gets beaten
Best documentary award at the Brooklyn's Rural Route Film Festival and selected by the Comité Français pour la Solidarité Internationale for screenings in all French speaking countries all over in the world. The selection committee: the best film seen this year, un vrai coup de coeur, a cry from the heart.
Dog sledge early morning 07-07-2014 Tuesday, July 22: Silent Snow in Rottenburg, Germany
Dienstag 22.07, 20.00 Uhr: Silent Snow (zu Gast via Skype: Regisseur Jan van den Berg). Der Eingang zum Kino befindet sich über dem "Eiscafé Roma" in der Königstraße 12. Mitten in der Stadt, und doch ruhig gelegen, direkt am Rottenburger Dom.
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