My Work

I consider it a true gift when someone opens up to my camera and me. This is not only a gift to me as a filmmaker, but a gift to me as a human being. This is the part of my work I am most grateful for.

BOI - Song of a Wanderer

Boi originally intended to interrelate the living conditions of people in countries where political and religious issues hamper everyday life. But Boi became the story of an inner struggle, a quest for one's identity. Boi is the story of a girl who wanted to be a boy. Boi keeps tracks of Nitzan’s life and physical changes, following her along her journey all over the world. But most importantly, it shows us the surprisingly beautiful direction uncertain steps can take. Nitzan unveils who she really is: an amazingly attractive and vigorous young man. 

Carnavalsvrouwen

Women let themselves go during the yearly Carnival festivities in the south of the Netherlands. In the documentary 'Carnavalsvrouwen' (women of the carnival), Borsboom follows six women for whom carnival is much more than a yearly celebration.

Homesick- Heimwee - Sila Hasreti

Your country or your beloved? Various Turkish writers and singers have written or sung about nostalgia for one’s homeland, making it into a universal emotion. But for Selma (48), the perspective changes unexpectedly and dramatically once she and her family migrate back to her beloved Turkey.

All Quiet

A movie about women who end up killing their husbands in self-defense.

Warzone Suriname

Not so long ago, the Maroon people and indigenous communities in Suriname knew one thing for sure: our forest is our supermarket, drugstore, our fishing and hunting area. Occassionally, the vast jungle even gave the zealous local adventurers - deep in the jungle with their sieve pans and bake rivers scoured - a nugget of gold.

In 2007 everything changed. Iron fences were installed all around the jungle, with large signs: "No Trespassing". Local people are kept away by cursing guards armed with pistols and rifles. Sieve Pans have given way to huge excavators and drills, with all their power to ensure a creaking and heartbreaking clearcutting.

Tempted

Satire: Two women try to seduce each other on horseback.

Het is de schraapzucht, gentlemen

In This is the schraapzucht, gentlemen, animals consider the meaning of life. In the three parts we get to see the, what seems at first sight, normal life of animals. The sheep Ursula asks herself the existential question; is the meadow the same when I am not there? The old seagull Tractaal hopes for a giant gathering of fellow birds, and gentleman Tip asks himself why the fattest pigs always get taken away.

The making of Blackbook / De storm / Wild Romance

From Weakness to Power

The Jewish community council of Enschede, 1940-43

Can you send me 60 Saws and 12 Sewing machines?

Documentary filmed in Ghana, Burkina Fasso and Zimbabwe. For twenty years, Foundation Gered Gereedschap (Saved Tools) has been collecting and refurbishing surplus tools. Once refurbished, the saved tools are being sent to small scale initiatives in developing countries, per their request. These include schools, womencarpenter cooperations, and even sculptor collectives.

Zweeds ijs

A Swedish poem read out aloud, commissioned by an ice skating association.