Strange Folks / Vraem Luuj

country, year

Netherlands, 2012



running time


directed by

Sergej Kreso






About the power of language as a formative factor of a new identity. Sergej Kreso, a new Dutchman himself, portrays a Turkish policeman on the beat, an adopted Haitian boy (12), a dark-skinned drum major and a Slovenian miner’s daughter in his province of Limburg. By adopting the Limburg dialect, they started feeling at home in their new living environment and are no longer considered strangers.

about the author

Sergej Kreso (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1963) graduated at Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo, Department of Journalism. Kreso worked as a radio-broadcasting journalist at RTV Sarajevo and Radio Doboj. In 1993, during the war in Bosnia, he left the country and went to the Netherlands where he continued his journalistic activities for radio and TV. In addition to his work as a journalist he writes articles and essays. Migration, human rights and refugee topics are his main subjects.

Filmography: Simfonie voor een Straatmuzikant (2004), Ulica grafita (2007), Jack, the Balkans & I (2008), Kaffeefarht ins Krematorium (2011), Vraem Luuj (2012).

festivals, awards

Prix CIRCOM award for the best European regional TV programme in the category Minorities in Society (2013); Nederlands Film Festival; Vlaams en Fries Filmfestival