Urbanisation in China; Happiness is seen everywhere
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A Journey of Wonder in Shanghai
In China urbanisation is at full pace. New neighborhoods and cities emerge faster than ever before. The inhabitants, often coming from small villages or demolished areas in the city centres, find a new social context in the new cities. The apartments are better than what they were used to, but do they feel at home there? Do the new cities meet their inhabitants’ expectations?
The ‘new rich’ can afford to buy a house in a new themed suburb. But the city centres of Thames Town or Holland Village look empty. These areas seem to be used mainly by frantic newlyweds searching the perfect surrounding for their wedding pictures.
Urbanisation In China: Happiness Is Seen Everywhere provides a background and context for the Chinese urbanisation and specifically lets the inhabitants speak. It is not a romantic picture of pretty old houses and alleys, but shows real situations and open often surprising views in modern China.
- A jury of film critics and architects have awarded the film as “Best Documentary” at “The International Istanbul Architecture And Urbanism Film Festival” 2011. (title translated as Ã‡inâ€™de KentleÅŸme: Mutluluk Her Yerde). The prize consists of a statue and a cash prize of â‚¬ 4000.
- Screened on film festivals in (a.o.) Shanghai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Seoul and the Netherlands.
- Released on DVD, published by Architectura & Natura
- Camera, production, editing
- DVD and Full-HD MP4
- Supported by the Netherlands Architecture Fund
- In cooperation with Urban Language
- Extra on the DVD: 16 MM Mao Man
- November 2012: Urbanisation in China is translated into Korean in order to be screened on the Seoul International Architecture Film Festival, Nov.8th / 14th 2012.
- September 2012: Urbanisation in China will be screened on saturday 22 september 2012 in Frankfurt on the China in Motion Festival . I will do a Q&A after the screening.
- October 2011: “Urbanisation in China” has been selected by a jury of film critics, directors and architects as best documentary at the Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival.
- The screening of “Urbanisation in China” will be the final act of the Chinese Triptych exhibition @ Casla architecture institute, Almere. June 15, 8 pm. Free admission. See the website for details.Â
- The film has been screened at the MiNi Film Festival in Shanghai (April 23 & 24, Dutch Design Workspace). Interviews and articles in Time Out Shanghai, Global Times, Smart Shanghai and Creative Hunt.
Thanks to all people who came to this great mini festival, the cinema room was just overcrowded. Special thanks to the people asking smart questions at the Q&A!
- The DVD is “Book” of the month April at ArchiNed.
- Screening in CASLA architecture centre (almere) during exhibition Chinees Drieluik: De alledaagse, Netwerk en Groene Newtown. From april 8 – june 20.
- Radio interview CRTV about the film. Available as podcast.
- Presentation of the DVD in Architectura & Natura, Amsterdam (3-3-2011). The DVD is for sale now!
- A preview of the documentary was shown at the presentation of the book “Shanghai New Towns” (Harry den Hartog)(nov 30, 2010).
english / chinese – ISBN 978-94-614001-5-4
60 minutes + extra’s. RRP 12,50 euro
extra on the DVD: 16 MM Mao Man (short doc)
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11 Out of 1.3 Billion; Football in China
See also: football-in-china.com Why is China, with 1.3 billion people and a great reputation in sports, not able to form a good national football team? 11 out of 1.3 Billion; Football in China will show the challenges of Chinese football by following six year old Kevin. He is talented and crazy about football.
Kevin’s dad is an exception to the Chinese social rules because he supports (maybe even pushes) him to go to a special primary football school. By sacrificing his own career and spend every free hour on Kevin’s training he may finally fulfill his own childhood dream.
Along the way we meet players, coaches, fans and specialists who all have their own ideas about Chinese football and Kevin’s chances to ever play in a glorious Chinese team. Will Kevin fulfill his dad’s childhood dream and be part of a better Chinese football future?
There is certainly a will to win in Chinese football. Large sums of money are spent on foreign football professionals like Drogba and coach Francesco Lippi. David Beckham is now even hired as “image ambassador” for Chinese football. When he visited Shanghai seven people got injured just trying to get a glimpse of him, proving football is popular in China.
But is attracting foreign talent enough to raise the general level of football? Can the art of football be copied, like so many other things in China? Why do you hardly see any young kids kick a ball in the streets between the new high-rises? What about the match-fixing scandals in the past, and what does ‘our man in China’ Arie Haan think of it?
Through some famous and some less famous players, coaches and fans a surprising image if China as football country is drawn. Interviews are illustrated with footage from the Chinese football practice. The film is informative and entertaining. 11 Out of 1.3 Billion: Football in China is the first film about football in China and is full of ambition, enthusiasm and surprises.
A must see for Football fans and people interested in Chinese culture alike. A perfect preparation for the international match between the Netherlands and China this summer. Check www.football-in-china.com for even more information!
- In cooperation with AboutAsia and Bonanza Films
- Currently in production
- Planned release: 2019
- Languages: Chinese, Dutch, English, Spanish, German, French
Mary in Times of Crisis
This documentary will be broadcast by NPO documentary channel in december 2014.
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A documentary about the annual procession in Urkupina, Bolivia, where people pray for economical prosperity.To Lourdes you go for health, to UrkupiÃ±a for wealth.
People from all over Bolivia and outside come to the pilgrimage of the Virgin of UrkupiÃ±a, also called the “Virgin of Money”, to hack stones from the mountain. These stones are seen as money that Mary loans to them to realize their wishes.
This film follows three Bolivian women in their activities during this festival in August.
- First Camera, co-production, post production
- Design Poster and flyer
- Filmed in Augustus 2011 in Urkupina, Bolivia. Directed and edited by Sanne Derks and Sharis Coppens
- Released 2012
- Screenings in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, The Hague, Nijmegen (Netherlands),Bogota (Colombia), Athens (Greece),Â Santa Cruz, La Paz, Cochabamba, Quillacollo (Bolivia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Paris (France).
Lutherhof, Village in the City
Village in the CityÂ gives an impression of life inside The Lutherhof in Amsterdam. This court of almshouses has offered protected housing for over a 100 years. It used to be a diaconal institution for old, destitute Evangelical-Lutheran women. Deaconesses took care of the residents when they were ill and offered a listening ear. Today, singles of all ages live in the Lutherhof: women and men, Lutheran and non-Lutheran, religious and non-religious. However, the diaconal principles â€“ paying attention to and helping each other out Â â€“ still apply here. Everyone has their own front door, but there is, nevertheless, a sense of community in the Lutherhof; something very special in the middle of a more and more hectic, anonymous and individualistic Amsterdam.
We get to know several residents who live together around the courtyard thatâ€™s like the core of a village. After several moves and a period of getting used to the place, theyâ€™ve finally found peace here. TheyÂ show us around their home andÂ talk about what it is like to live in the Lutherhof, their past and their faith. We see how the Lutherhof functions like a microcosm of society in general, with its own rules and values.
- Camera, sound
- A film by Sharis Coppens
- Selected for several film festivals
- Dutch spoken, english subtitles available
- More information: dorpindestad.nl
- Released 2012
The Restoration of Castle Loenersloot
Craftsmen are followed during their work restoring this castle with a history dating back to the 13th century. An introduction to the castle from the old state to the renewed. (Dutch language)
From spring the castle will be opened for guided tours. For more information check www.kasteelloenersloot.nl. (in Dutch)
Small Shop Survival
Short documentary about “magazijn sportief”, a corner shop in Staatsliedenbuurt of Amsterdam.