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The one who holds a mirror to the society: A retrospective of Bert Haanstra

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Bert Haanstra was born in 1916 in Holten in the Netherlands. He became a professional filmmaker in 1947. He received international acclaim for his short documentary film Mirror of Holland, which was awarded the Grand Prix for a short film at the Cannes festival in 1951. Throughout his carrier, Haanstra has won over a hundred film awards.


As a director, he holds a mirror to the society, reflecting also on the material most mirrors are made of – glass in his film of the same name Glass: a short, Oscar-winning film made at glassworks in Leerdam and Schiedam that shows the work of glass blowers. His other films include a fresh and humorous montage entitled ZOO (Haanstra draws striking similarities between humans and animals).

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The Human Dutch0

The Human Dutch

Alleman (Orig.) / 1963 / Netherlands / 90 min

A portrait of The Netherlands and the Dutch. With the aid of a hidden camera Haanstra observes people in the most diverse situations and shows the unusual in the usual and reverse.

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Mirror of Holland

Spiegel van Holland (Orig.) / 1950 / Netherlands / 9 min

Bert Haanstra in this short film gives his vision - from the water – of a tranquil Holland.

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The Zoo0

The Zoo

Zoo (Orig.) / 1962 / Netherlands / 11 min

A perfect, fast and hilarious montage. Using images from Amsterdam Zoo, Bert Haanstra shows that a couple of similarities can be discovered between man and animal.

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Glass

Glas (Orig.) / 1958 / Netherlands / 11 min

This short, Oscar award-winning, film was shot in the glass factories of Leerdam and Schiedam and demonstrates how glass blowers do their work.

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Rembrandt, Painter of Man

Rembrandt, schilder van de mens (Orig.) / 1957 / Netherlands / 20 min

In Rembrandt, Haanstra shows that it is possible to make a fascinating film, only with images from paintings.

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