After graduating law school I looked for differently creative work. I was drawn to  documentary,  by the same interest that lead me to study law, the curiosity to understand reality.

Most of my professional energy goes into filmmaking - as writer, director and cinematographer - as well as photography. I find meaning in commonly uncommon images that resonate with viewers and provoke critically renewing perspectives. My interest often relates to labour,  migration and globalisation. I believe sharing stories leads to understanding. Yet, I am currently confused about many of the other roles of documentary film, while moving towards regenrative farming.

Feel invited to contact me with any remarks, proposals, questions or stories. I work fluently in  English, Dutch, Norwegian, French, Swedish, German and to some extent in Finnish,  Czech and Russian.

Pieter-Jan Van Damme

based in Siuntio and Ivalo, Finland


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