During his fieldwork at Leiden University, Jan van den Berg made his first film, Olvereños (1975), about a village in Andalusia where continuous drought forced more and more men to leave the village to earn a living abroad. Since then, he has made many documentaries, mostly about people caught between cultures. Later, drama became an increasingly larger part of his work. He founded drsFILM and now works together with writers, artists and film makers.
Filmography: El Abrazo (1990), Bye Jan (1993), Prisoner of Java (1996); Taming The Floods (2001), Seven Dreams of Tibet (2001); Tales of Crocodiles (2002); Deacon Of Death, Looking for justice in today’s Cambodia (2004), Silent Snow (2007, short), Gallow Creek (2009), Silent Snow (2011, feature length documentary); When elephants dance, the grass gets beaten (2014).
Jan van den Berg will participate in a discussion about Land Grabbing and Appropriation of Natural Resources, which will take place on Wednesday, 18th June 2014 at the City Museum of Ljubljana after the screening of his movie When Elephants Dance, the Grass Gets Beaten.