Since 2007, VU University Amsterdam yearly assigns a writer-in-residence at the campus. Normally guest writers recruited by universities give lectures, but at VU University this happens only occasionally. The writer-in-residence observes, mingles and writes. He or she has a free assignment, chooses his own themes and decides at what kind of events he wishes to be present. Or what kind of activities he wants to develop or launch.
The documentaries have been produced in close co-operation with the various writers, reflecting their respective characters, their different views on VU University, and their initiatives and practices on campus and beyond.
Participating authors: Abdelkader Benali, Marcel Möring, Christine Otten, Renate Dorrestein and Ronald Giphart.
Boelelaan Short film almost entirely recorded in an elevator. The scenario, written by Dutch novelist Ronald Giphart, is based on the larger-than-life portraits that dominate the elevators in the university's main building at De Boelelaan in the south of Amsterdam. Dutch, 14 min, 2012
Life Lessons Renate Dorrestein generously shared her craftsmanship as well as disquieting parts of her biography with VU students and staff. She got their stories and grievances in return. Dutch, Amsterdam, 29 min, 2011
Real Stories Christine Otten presents the three personalities that impressed her most during her year at VU University. Dutch and English (with Dutch subs), Amsterdam, 28 min, 2010
A long way Audiovisual essay about Marcel Möring and his view on migration & integration in Dutch society and at VU University. Dutch and English (with Dutch subs), A'dam/Assen/London/R'dam/Worms, 36 min, 2009
Scratch where it itches Abdelkader Benali strolling in and around VU University; debating with students of Moroccan and Turkish origin about the difficult relationship between religion and science. Dutch and English (with Dutch subs), Amsterdam, 28 min, 2008
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