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Catherine van Campen

(1970) makes radio and television programmes about subjects that touch her personally. Such as Drona & ik (Drona & Me), a film portrait of a nine year old autistic boy, seen through the eyes of his elder brother of twelve. Often children play a role in her work. Van Campen succeeds in building a lot of tension, as she did in Van de Wolven. Tsjetsjeens fotoalbum in geluid (Of Wolves, Chechnian Photo Album in Sound) in which a sniper keeps aiming his gun at a mother and child for a long time. The director likes to shift her boundaries, but sometimes chooses subjects which are very close to herself. An example of this is Terreur in de kerk (Terror in the Church) on the intricacies in a monastery where he father retires for a while. With Eeuwige Moes (Eternal Mash), a portrait of a Dutch vegetable grower who decides to emigrate to Sweden internationally had a lot of success. Van Campen studied history and worked for several Dutch networks duch as NMO, NPS, Radio Noord-Holland and VPRO. Since 2003 she has been part of Desmet, a radio collective founded by herself, among others. Her work has received various prizes at home and abroad.

(nov 2010)

Archive available for: Catherine van Campen

  • Winternachten 2011 – Winternacht 1

    Wintercafe 3: VPRO De Avonden Live

    In the second hour of De Avonden poet and performer Hagar Peeters tells how she incorporates Utopian Thinking in her new book Wasdom. Writer and cabaret artist Martijn Knol writes a manual of how we can indeed build a new Utopia together for the 21st century. It is a passionate and concrete plea for a new world community. Motivational speaker and spoken word artist Omékongo Dibinga will convince the audience in a short performance that personal happiness is within reach. Tim Parks and David Mitchell talk to each other on the need of the imagination of a better world in their own work. Hosts: Jeroen van Kan and Catherine van Campen. Broadcast live on VPRO Radio. In Dutch and English.

  • Winternachten 2011 – Winternacht 1

    Wintercafe 2: VPRO De Avonden Live

    Can literature help is in imagining new possibilities of becoming a better and happier 'Mensch' In VPRO's De Avonden poets, musicians and writers offer the audience a glimpse of ther own Utopia. With readings by Rodaan al Galidi and Thomas Möhlmann. The writer Iman Humaydan tells of how against the backdrop of violence, one can hold on to the belief in a better world by going deeply in people's small stories. In her narrator's performance Abeer Soliman imagines the stories of those small people. Singer songwriter Lotte van Dijck, together with Peter Akkerman, takes the audience right through performances to her own musical Utopia. Hosts: Jeroen van Kan and Catherine van Campen. Broadcast live by VPRO Radio 6. In Dutch and English.