Docmakers is a collective of award-winning documentary filmmakers, comprised of Aliona van der Horst, Suzanne Raes, Sanne Rovers, Yan Ting Yuen, writer Fabie Hulsebos and producer Ilja Roomans. At Docmakers everything is done from a creative perspective. We love films that require stamina, but we get just as excited about unusual, unexpected, or time-sensitive projects that need more of a flexible approach. We like to work together off the beaten track and in collaboration with other disciplines. Docmakers offers young, less experienced filmmakers the opportunity to be supported by seasoned professionals and we also make a unique contribution to the development of proven talent. In addition to productions by Docmakers directors, we also produce films from external directors and take part in international co-productions.
TURN YOUR BODY TO THE SUN
Director: Aliona van der Horst. Script writer: Aliona van der Horst. Country: NL & Germany. Status: Completed. Release: World Premiere at IDFA 2021 (International Competition). Sort: Feature length documentary. Duration: 90 minutes. Genre: Historical.
Turn Your Body to the Sun tells the incredible story of a Soviet soldier captured by the Nazi’s. After the war he is sent to one of Stalin’s brutal camps where the love for an unknown girl becomes his salvation. Years later his daughter traces the path of her silent father.
Director: Suzanne Raes. Script writer: Suzanne Raes & Fabie Hulsebos. Country: NL. Status: Completed. Release: December 2021. Sort: Feature length documentary. Duration: 75 minutes. Genre: Art.
The successful theatre couple Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld (ITA) are working on a large-scale production called Age of Rage with their own ensemble, in which they intend to bring together everything they have learned over the past 40 years. The film focuses on the microcosm of their collaboration and unravels the story of a love that is uniquely sustained by creating great theatre together.
Director: Marijn Frank. Script writer: Marijn Frank & Suzanne Raes. Country: NL. Status: In production. Release: March 2022. Sort: Mid-length documentary. Genre: Personal.
After the death of her best friend and soul mate Annemarie, Marijn Frank goes running in the clothes inherited from her friend. She trains for a marathon and at the same time tries to accept the biggest loss of her life. Running is Marijn's way to move forward. Annemarie and the story of their special friendship is the common thread. How do you deal with the heavy things that life sometimes throws at you? How do you at least regain the illusion of a grip on life? While running she looks back on their friendship and tries to process her grief.
photo: Ivo van der Bent
JUSTICE UNDER SUSPICION
Director: Maria Augusta Ramos. Script writer: Maria Augusta Ramos. Country: Brazil/NL/Germany. Status: In production. Release: 2022. Sort: Feature length documentary. Duration: 80 minutes. Genre: Documentary.
After almost three decades of democratic stability, Brazil is flirting with fascism. Award winning director Maria Ramos looks at the decisive role the judiciary has been playing in this process, how ‘lawfare’ – the use of the law as a weapon against political opponents – is endangering democracy all over the world. Three journalists from the newspaper El País investigate how an anti-corruption criminal operation was turned into an instrument of ideological persecution by an unscrupulous judge and helped the far right and Bolsonaro to power.
Director: Sanne Rovers. Script writer: Sanne Rovers. Country: NL. Status: Completed. Sort: Feature length documentary. Duration: 66 minutes. Genre: Art. Sales: EuroArts.
Crazy Days is a documentary in opera style about the resilience, ingenuity and passion of the key players of the Dutch National Opera. The performing arts have been hit hard by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Dutch National Opera faces a major challenge: how to make the enormous effort of Le Nozze de Figaro worthwhile, without a live audience to enjoy it.