My name is Maaike Broos (1980) and I started making documentaries during my study organization antropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My first documentary ‘De vloer op met Oger’ is about a famous fashion company in the PC Hooftstraat (2005). I wanted to film this extraordinary fashion company from an antropological perspective based on my curiosity about the life of people in working environments. In 2007 I met filmmaker Andre Kloer and together we made a 50 minutes documentary Seeds of Peace (2009) that was nominated for the research journalism price at the Association of the Dutch and Flamish Investigative Journalists. In 2008 I was diagnosed with cancer. After 6 months of succesfully chemo therapy I was cured. Only three months after my last chemotherapy I got pregant from my first son. A miracle. But it did ended my temporarily contract with my employer at that time. I saw my ending of my contract as a sign to live and work my dream to become a full time documentary filmmaker.
I started my first feature documentary about my own experience of how to come back in society and take up my work and life again after diagnosed with cancer. I was cured and looked healthy again at the outside but inside I didn’t feel better yet. This feeling inside was difficult to explain in words, that’s why I wanted to visualize this emotional experience. I started to film three women of different ages at the moment that their treatments were ended and they started to take up their work and life again. I worked really hard at this personal film the last three years with almost no financial support. But my documentary Irreversible had its first screening in the Netherlands at 7 november 2013 at the SCENECS International Debut Filmfestival and was already nominated for ‘Best Documentary’ and won eventually the Audience Award.