After graduating law school I looked for differently creative work. I was drawn to documentary, by the same interest as I was drawn to study law, a curiosity to understand reality.
Most of my professional energy goes into filmmaking, as director and cinematographer. Recently I also focus more on photography. I find meaning in commonly uncommon images that resonate with viewers and provoke critically renewing perspectives. My output often relates to labour, migration and globalisation.
On the side I work for documentary film festivals around the world. I believe sharing personal stories leads to understanding and understanding leads to peace. I work regularly at IDFA, One World Prague and DocPoint Helsinki. Also, once a year I try to assist an upcoming festival in a country that does not yet have a strongly established documentary culture.
Feel invited to contact me with any remarks, proposals, questions or stories. I work fluently in English, Dutch, Norwegian, French, Swedish and communicate as welll in Czech, German and Russian. Currently I am learning Finnish.
Pieter-Jan Van Damme
based in Helsinki and Ivalo, Finland
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