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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.

RIGHT AFTER GOD

Dirk van den Berg

DIRK VAN DEN BERG

CEO, director & producer

Dirk is a director, writer and producer with wide international experience in  the Middle East, the Maghreb and Africa. His new project 1979 THE BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT about the birth of the 21st century is in the works right now.

His last film was the acclaimed THE SIEGE OF MECCA” (aka “MEKKA 1979 - URKNALL DES TERRORS?" or "LE SIÈGE DE LA MECQUE"), the first comprehensive investigation of the hijacking of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia that marked a pivotal shift in world history. Produced jointly between Dirk’s OutreMer Film GmbH and Pascal Verroust’s K2 Productions, Paris, the film was supported by ARTE France, NDR, WDR, HR, RBB, ORF, FFHSH Hamburg and INA France; PBS International does world sales.

Other films of recent years are: "JAMMING ADDIS" (distributed in 186 countries), "GUZO - THE ORIGIN OF MUSIC", "KASHMIR - INDIA'S CROWN JEWEL".

Ethiopia - Jamming Addis
Floating World of Kashmir
Ethiopia - Guzo North
Iran - Wilhelm Wassmuss
Syria - Seams of Desire
Saudi Arabia - Rub Al Khali
Aerial View of Mecca Mosque 1979

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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.

Written, produced & directed by Dirk van den Berg (52m / 90m)

In August 1914, the German Kaiser’s secret service sends a covert expedition force to Kabul to destabilize Afghanistan, unleashing a Muslim revolution into India and weaken the British Empire. But the head of the expedition, Wilhelm Wassmuss, breaks off and sets up his own operation in Southern Persia. A fugitive for the Germans, the Brits will soon call Wassmuss "His majesty's most excellent enemy".

This is the adventurous story of how one man almost united Persia. Forging alliances, riding side by side with Persian warriors, mobilising the tribes in a highly efficient guerrilla war against the British Empire, Wilhelm Wassmuss became the "German Lawrence". A hero for Iranians who revere him to this day calling him "the man whose name comes right after God's". Only in his native Germany he is still a parvenu for the establishment who never pardoned his insubordination.

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

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

Written, produced & directed by Dirk van den Berg (52m / 90m)

The most raunchy lingerie imaginable is not sold in Amsterdam or Paris - but in the old souks of Damascus, Syria. Until the war began, women flocked here from all over the Middle East to buy sexy underwear, while other Arab countries copied the "Damascene Sexy Style" to profit from its enormous popularity. How can such a wild subculture coexist with the traditions and rules of supposedly hermetic Arab societies? What does it do to the women (and the men) in those societies? And how is the war changing this (or not)?

When the war forced us to stop filming, a first roughcut revealed how the lingerie's raunchy side relates to women's intimate desires, hopes and aspirations. Beyond that, our images show a complex society where traditional rules are respected as much as they are overthrown.

THE SIEGE OF MECCA

The first investigation into an event that became the trigger for religiously motivated Islamist terrorism.


(1 x 75' & 2 x 52') written & directed by Dirk van den Berg,

produced by Pascal Verroust & Dirk van den Berg

1979 BIG BANG

A journey into the most dramatic year of the 20th century that with it's multiple pivotal events marked the beginning of our era.


(1 x 90', 3 x 52') written, directed and produced by

Dirk van den Berg and Pascal Verroust

1979 BIG BANG

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