ThisCouldHaveHappenedToMe

A SERIES OF FILM PORTRAITS

This could have happened to me is a series of short films about refugees in The Netherlands. Each film is made by a different director. At the beginning of each film a well-known Dutch personality addresses the viewer and says, “This could have happened to me”. Refugees explain why they fled, talk about their previous lives and tell us what their situation in The Netherlands is like now.

PORTRAITS OF REFUGEES

The mainstream media describes refugees in numbers and abstract terms, such as “they don’t share our values,” “Europe is being overrun,” or “send them back to Turkey.” But refugees are just people who have left their homes for very clear reasons. These films show the diversity of refugees and the ordinariness of their backgrounds. Muslim, Christian, atheist, student, artist, hair-dresser, housewife, straight, gay, documented or undocumented. The portraits present a colorful picture of refugees in The Netherlands at the present.

INITIATORS

This could have happened to me is based on a concept by Marjan Sax, and produced by Marjan Sax and Netty van Hoorn.

marjan

Marjan Sax is a political scientist and writer. She was co-founder of the international financing fund for women’s rights, Mama Cash. She sits on the boards of numerous foundations and works as an independent advisor for individuals and organizations in the charity sector. She strives for the improvement of the position of refugees in Vrouwen Tegen Uitzetting (Women against Deportation) and is involved with the rejected refugees who make up the group Wij Zijn Hier (We Are Here).
www.marjansax.nl

netty

Netty van Hoorn is a documentary maker and producer. She’s a graduate of the Dutch Academy for Film and Television and also has a degree in Cultural and and Community Development. In addition to numerous prize-winning documentaries for Dutch National Television, she also produces commissioned short films and commercials. For an overview of her work, see Netty van HoornFilm/Video Productions.
www.nettyvanhoorn.nl

THANKS TO THE KIND COOPERATION OF

Hedy d’Ancona, Dieuwertje Blok, Nasrdin Dchar, Jules Deelder, Hanneke Groenteman, Marc-Marie Huijbregts, Lange Frans, Joris Linssen, Loes Luca, Huub van der Lubbe, Cornald Maas, DJ Jean Jeansen, Linda de Mol, Birgit Schuurman and Olga Zuiderhoek.

Color correction and design Niels Dekker.

Translation English: Daan Nijssen, Dawn Mastin, Anna Luten en Michael Krass.

Website by met/zonder

THE FILMMAKERS

Ulrike Helmer
Ulrike Helmer
Susan Koenen
Susan Koenen
Nicole Batteké
Nicole Batteké
Mildred Roethof
Mildred Roethof
Michael Krass
Michael Krass
Annegré  Bosman
Annegré Bosman
Marc Lansu
Marc Lansu
Afra Jonker
Afra Jonker
Leen van der Berg
Leen van der Berg
Jet Homoet
Jet Homoet
Marlou van den Berge
Marlou van den Berge
Ayfer Ergün
Ayfer Ergün
Eveline van Dijck
Eveline van Dijck
Djoeke Veeninga
Djoeke Veeninga
Biserka Šuran
Biserka Šuran
Barbara den Uyl
Barbara den Uyl
Anneloor van Heemstra
Anneloor van Heemstra
Har Tortike
Har Tortike

WHAT CAN I DO?

Thousands of people in The Netherlands are doing things to help refugees. They’re helping with practical matters, making sure that the refugees feel at home, teaching them Dutch, collecting clothes and furniture. There are many more people who want to do something but don’t know what. Here’s a selection of sites with initiatives all over The Netherlands.

Welcome to Utrecht assists people and/or organizations who want to support refugees.

VluchtelingenWerk Nederland supports refugees.

THE PUBLISHER is an online platform for artistic work and stories by refugees.

Migrant Musicians information about music by, with and for refugees.

THANKS TO

Olga Zuiderhoek voor providing music by Willem Breuker

Various funds:

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