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Dirk van den Berg

1979 BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

THE SIEGE OF MECCA




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Dirk is a director, writer and producer with wide international experience in  the Middle East, the Maghreb and Africa. Dirk's last film is the feature documentary 1979 BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT about the dramatic year that gave birth to the 21st century and our modern era.

In 2018 he directed THE SIEGE OF MECCA, the first comprehensive investigation of the hijacking of Islam's holiest shrine in Saudi Arabia. With  five years of extensive work, the film reveals previously unknown facts and shows never-before-seen footage of a crucial event of world history. Produced jointly between Dirk’s OUTREMER and Pascal Verroust’s K2 PRODUCTION,  THE SIEGE OF MECCA was supported by ARTE France, NDR, WDR, HR, RBB, ORF, FFHSH Hamburg, INA France; world sales by PBS International.

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RUB AL KHALI - EMPTY QUARTER

79', English-Amharic - written & directed by Dirk van den Berg (2013)

After the era of 'Swinging Addis' was killed by the grim Marxist regime of the 'Derg', it took until the 21st century that a new generation of young Ethiopian musicians began to fill the void. This is their story, their music, and a declaration of love to Addis Ababa.

45', German-French - written & directed by Dirk van den Berg (2012)

A rare glance into Kashmir, one of the world's most remote and inaccessible regions in the North of India. Much of the people's life happens on water. This film is offers a glimpse into the unknown floating world of the "hangi", the water-people of Kashmir.

Ethiopia - Jamming Addis
Floating World of Kashmir
Ethiopia - Guzo North
Saudi Arabia - Rub Al Khali
Aerial View of Mecca Mosque 1979

COVID-19 was but a wake-up call, the worst is still to come.

We can still make things better - but the clock is ticking…

COMING IN 2022

LOGO OUTREMER

6 x 15m, English - written & directed by Dirk van den Berg (2013)

A series of artistic short films commissioned by a major surveying company about the shift from oil to alternative energy in Saudi Arabia, filmed in some of the remotest areas of Saudi Arabia and the entire planet.

35m, English-Amharic - written & directed by Dirk van den Berg (2016)

The new instalment of our journey into the Origins of Music ("guzo" in the Ethiopian Amharic language means "the journey") with world-famous pianist Samuel Yirga. This time we travel to Gondar and the unexplored Azmari villages 850 kilometers north of the capital Addis Ababa.

1979 BIG BANG

directed and produced by Dirk van den Berg & Pascal Verroust

A a rollercoaster ride into the year 1979, this film uncovers the dramatic origins of our current era, showing never-before-seen footage and world-famous protagonists from a time that was the Big Bang of today's present.

directed and produced by Dirk van den Berg

The first investigative documentary into the battle for Islam's holiest shrine that cost thousands of lives, shook Saudi Arabia to its foundations, pushed the global balance of power to the brink of collapse and marked the beginning of religiously motivated terrorism.