As my homepage already reveals, I am fascinated by the choices people make and in what way these choices are influenced by the world they live in. I now realize that my own choices in life directly result from this fascination. Through my history studies I learned about the impact of bigger developments on daily lives. As a radio reporter and later on as an editor at a national television news program I got the perfect excuse to talk to people about what’s on their minds. Through amateur acting I could try to feel what it is like to be in different shoes.
I became a political assistant to a Dutch member of the European Parliament in Brussels and after that entered the Foreign Service as a diplomat. These rolls enabled me to dive into all kinds of interesting subjects and learn about different cultures. But while approaching my thirtieth birthday I realized I wanted to do more with that urge to talk to people about their lives and to translate observations into a captivating story. I took a sabbatical leave from the Foreign Service between 2006 and 2009; living in Morocco and working as a freelance journalist for Dutch newspapers and magazines. In January 2012 I handed in my definite resignation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and completed a yearlong training as a camera journalist at Open Studio in Amsterdam.
In film a lot of things that interest me come together. Since 2013 I am mainly focusing on making short films and portraits in documentary style, which I do more and more for museums. Apart from my commissioned work I am expanding my own (multimedia) projects.
My early youth in Singapore spurred a lifelong interest in other countries and cultures. I love traveling, spent periods studying in Springfield (Ohio) and Paris, and worked and lived in Washington, Brussels and Rabat.
Please consult my linkedIn profile for more information about my background.
www.karijnkakebeeke.com: I have worked regularly with documentary photographer and anthropologist Karijn Kakebeeke, for stories about Morocco and for the weekly magazine ‘FD Persoonlijk’, part of a Dutch financial newspaper. In my film work she often is an important sparring partner.