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ABOUT

'By observing others, I learn more about myself'

Maaike BroosMy 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 
SeedsofPeace (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.

 

 

Filmposter Irreversible 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.

 

 

Videos

IRREVERSIBLE (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECTS

IRREVERSIBLE (2013)

Three women have been cured of cancer. Their fight for survival changes into a struggle to come back in society and take up their work and life again. After an emotional roller-coaster ride their feelings of grieve, pain and joy slowly change into a new awareness about who they are and which direction they want to go. Synopsis Marit (29), Josje (45) and Leila (52) has been forced to ‘put their live on hold’ by cancer. Their existence has been turned upside down. Now the cancer is cured but the period of isolation and heavy treatments has left its mark on al three women. The women struggle both physically and mentally to find their way back in life and work. The past, the present and the future have been put into another perspective. After ‘being put on hold’ by their disease their desire is to move forward. But which way is forward if everything in their life is upside down?

TRAILER IRREVERSIBLE

Leila (52) Leila (52) ‘I have lost my compass,  I don’t know who I am anymore’

Josje (45)Josje (45) ‘Now has to be good enough and not only living with a hindsight and foresight’

Marit (29)Marit (29) ‘If you keep saying you’re doing alright, you cannot expect that someone will see through that’

 

 

PORTFOLIO

Videos

IRREVERSIBLE (2013)

Three women have been cured of cancer. Their fight for survival changes into a struggle to come back in society and take up their work and life again. After an emotional roller-coaster ride their feelings of grieve, pain and joy slowly change into a new awareness about who they are and which direction they want to go. Synopsis Marit (29), Josje (45) and Leila (52) has been forced to ‘put their live on hold’ by cancer. Their existence has been turned upside down. Now the cancer is cured but the period of isolation and heavy treatments has left its mark on al three women. The women struggle both physically and mentally to find their way back in life and work. The past, the present and the future have been put into another perspective. After ‘being put on hold’ by their disease their desire is to move forward. But which way is forward if everything in their life is upside down?

Videos

Een portret van Erwin de Vries voor het WGP Congres van Philips 2013. Oprichtster Isabelle Lebrocquy van oPuce, zelf genezen van darmkanker, heeft oPuce opgezet om mensen met en na kanker te helpen om een baan te vinden.‘Een op de vier mensen raakt tijdens of na kanker zijn of haar baan kwijt. Mijn droom is dat kanker chronisch wordt en er voor iedereen met en na kanker volwaardig werk is.’

Videos
  PITCH AAFJE THUISZORG – Piet is agrariër en houdt van zijn land. Hij wil graag thuis blijven wonen om zijn groenten te kunnen verbouwen. Aafje maakt dit mogelijk. CREW: PRODUCTION, Maaike Broos en Lotte Haase – DIRECTOR, Maaike Broos, Lotte Haase en Sarah Schreuder – EDIT,  Maaike Broos, Lotte Haase en Sarah Schreuder.

Videos
  PORTRET 2: Dr. KAREN SMITS, VU AMSTERDAM – PhD Research: ‘Practices of Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program’ – Production, director, editor: Maaike Broos – Camera: Roland Pupupin and Maaike Broos – 5 portrets of 5 talented scientists working for the Faculty of Organizational Science at VU Amsterdam.

Videos
GRADUATION CEREMONY FILM – FACULTY OF ORGANIZATION SCIENCE, VU AMSTERDAM – Director, editor: Maaike Broos – Camera: Roland Pupupin – Animation: Cor Baauw of Local Androids – Soundmixage: Klevr Sounddesign. Een 2 minuten promotiefilm als feestelijke inleiding tijdens de buluitreiking van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Drie studenten die tijdens diezelfde buluitreiking hun bul uitgereikt krijgen vertellen in deze korte promotiefilm hun inzicht, mooiste qoute of citaat uit hun masterscriptie en spreken hun wens uit voor hun verdere toekomstplannen.

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'By observing others, I learn more about myself'

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