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.


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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.

Still by Tiina Itkonen 06-24-2011 Upcoming screenings Silent Snow
July 4 - 10: Parnu International Film Festival Estonia
September 6: Dutch premiere and start release in Amsterdam
September 8: screening in Azerbaijan during international conference om POPs.
September 18 - 30: Dutch Film Festival
September 29 - okt 10: International Film Festival Hamburg
October: screenings in San Jose, Suretka (the Costa Rica village we filmed) and Panama
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05-18-2011 Belgische premiere Silent Snow vanavond in Antwerpen
Vanavond vindt in het KBC-auditorium te Antwerpen de Belgische première plaats van Silent Snow, georganiseerd door ANPED en ARGUS.
Bovendien brengt poolreiziger Dixie Dancercoer als exclusieve smaakmaker voor deze filmvertoning een pakkend relaas van zijn expedities naar de poolgebieden.
Discussion with Andreas Schiber (BioVison) and Michael Stanley-Jones (SafePlanet 05-07-2011 Silent Snow in Antwerp
After successful screenings in Nairobi, The Hague, Tallahassee, Key West FL and Geneva the Belgian premiere is planned for May 18, and almost sold out. See for reports and reviews, and for the location in Antwerp: Picture: discussing distribution with Andreas Schriber (BioVison), Jan van den Berg (drsFILM) and Michael Stanley-Jones (SafePlanet).

by Robbie Cornelissen 04-26-2011 Utrecht aan Zee 'In het perspectief van Robbie Cornelissen' op U Stad/RTV Utrecht
Op donderdag 28 april 2011 vanaf 18.20 uur zal "In het perspectief van Robbie Cornelissen", een korte film voor de serie 'Utrecht aan Zee', vertoond worden op stadszender U Stad –onderdeel van RTV Utrecht.
03-07-2011 Premiere Silent Snow on Movies that Matter Festival
European premiere in The Hague / Movies that Matter Festival
After a successful preview in Nairobi by UNEP the European premiere of Silent Snow will take place at the Movies that Matter Festival, in The Hague. First screening: Sunday March 27 at 7 PM in Theater aan het Spui.

InvitationSilentsnowUNEP2 03-05-2011 Silent Snow premiere UNEP, Nairobi
It was quite an adventure: showing an unfinished version of Silent Snow to the UN. But when you get a last minute invitation to open a conference where top environment experts from all over the world get together to discuss the exact topic of our documentary, it’s just an offer you can’t refuse. So on February 19 – my birthday – I flew to Nairobi with some promotion material and a DVD with an uncorrected, and yet- to be mixed, version of the film.
Silent Snow 01-18-2011 Preview working copy Silent Snow at the Utrecht Artist Society, ‘De Engelenzang’
Many people came to our basement at the Nieuwegracht in order to see a preview of the working copy of Jan van den Berg’s new film Silent Snow. Not without reason, as it turned out to be an impressive evening. After Jan gave a brief introductory speech, we breathlessly watched a film that was both socially and environmentally critical and committed, while being esthetically dazzlingly beautiful and admirable.
Janelle 10-21-2010 The Right of Mother Earth
Today we finished this short film I made for the World Future Council with researcher Holger Güssefeld, cameraman Viraj Singh and producer Jorine Muiser in Costa Rica. It’s the story of Janelle, a young girl, studying the beauty of the rainforest where she lives. Her grandfather, Don Timoteo, is her guide. He knows about the dangers threatening the forest, even in Costa Rica where nature is protected by law. In the beautiful title song he expresses his worries and asks for protection of Mother Earth.
Nijntje ballon 09-28-2010 Ook Dick Bruna vond de film prachtig
Heb gisteren de film aan Dick Bruna laten zien en hij was er heel blij mee. Die ochtend - op weg was naar zijn atelier - was er al een lange mijnheer van zijn fiets gestapt om hem te vertellen wat een mooie documentaire hij de avond daarvoor over hem gezien had. "Nou, mijn dag was helemaal goed", zei Dick, "en nu ik hem gezien heb kan ik alleen maar zeggen dat ik er voor 100% achter sta. Wat een prachtig filmpje". Nou, daarna was ook mijn dag helemaal goed :-) Toespraak en eerste reacties:
Don Timoteo Jackson 09-22-2010 Don Timoteo in Silent Snow
We had slept in the most beautiful house I've ever seen, in the middle of a rainforest, surrounded by huge trees. Joep Merkx, a Dutch friend, had built it on a little place where he didn't have to cut any trees. There was no electricity. At night candles gave a fairytale light. At 4 o’clock monkeys started a kind of loud barking, very close. Every ten minutes new birds started their morning songs and I could see the monkeys, jumping from tree to tree. Viraj filmed nature shots from the balcony. See