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.

Glory 12-20-2009 Silent Snow in Africa
In East Africa film maker Glory Mollel (picture) discovers how difficult it is to get rid of DDT in a Masai village in Tanzania. People can't afford the more expensive alternatives and need something against malaria mosquitos and flees. The governments of neighbouring countries Ugana and Mozambique start spraying the houses with DDT again, leaving the farmers - who just started to grow ecological cotton - with a harvest they can't sell anymore. A solution seems far away. See
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Schaapherder Arnold Bemelmans 12-18-2009 Gallows Creek and Taming The Floods together on DVD
In Gallow Creek (Het Galgenven) a girl is fighting to preserve a unique forest. She comes up against a real estate developer who has very different ideas. Now on DVD, together with Taming The Floods and a lot of extra's like the making of by Dennis Case and a clip of the title song by Jantine Bindels. More info on the Dutch site:

Deacon of Death 12-07-2009 New DVD Deacon of Death
A new DVD with extra's is now available for the use within the framework of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. Looking for justice in today's Cambodia. A Golden Calf at the Dutch Film Fest. The jury: "a moving story in which a Cambodian woman dares to confront the man whom she holds responsible for the death of her family. Convincingly and with respect the director has depicted this almost classic drama of good and evil, crime, punishment and forgiveness." See also: " target="_blank">

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Utrecht aan Zee - het schilderij 11-25-2009 Second series Utrecht by the Sea
A series of portraits of Utrecht born artists e.g.; author and illustrator of Nijntje (Miffy) Dick Bruna, violinist Janine Jansen and architect Gerrit Rietveld. The start of the international distribution is planned in 2012, just before the celebrations of three hundred years Peace of Utrecht.
for more information see the Dutch pages:
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Sara Abreu in No Fight No Victory 11-15-2009 German premiere No Fight No Victory
On the first of October the World Future Council gave the Future Policy Award 2009 to the city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil for its Food Security Programme. It secures a healthy and affordable food supply for all of Belo Horizonte’s citizens. That evening the trailer of our film No Fight No Victory was shown in Hamburg. It’s the start of a longer film that shows how many people in the world become inspired by the policy. For more information and the film see under films in development.
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