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Fact or Fiction?

You instantly know what you’re looking at as you’re zapping, swiping or scrolling through videos, films and television programmes. You can usually tell within seconds if something is fiction or non-fiction. If it’s real or scripted, a gripping feature film or a documentary. Fact or fiction?

still from Helaas ben je het niet geworden (Anne van Campenhout & Nicky Maas, NL 2017)
still from Helaas ben je het niet geworden (Anne van Campenhout & Nicky Maas, NL 2017)

On the other hand; we think we can tell non-fiction from fiction. But how can we be sure at a glance what it is we’re looking at? How is that we can tell? Is non-fiction always based on facts? Can something really be pure fiction or pure fact?

The power of the camera

Taking a documentary as a starting-off point, students embark on a journey of discovery with a filmmaker in the cinematic world of fact and fiction. The filmmaker enters into a surprising conversation with the students about the power of the camera, editing, sound and scenario. Through viewing assignments and dialogue, students experience that what seems objective is not always the case.

Objective and factual

The film quiz with its many clips allows pupils to apply the knowledge they have just acquired. Now that they are more alert: how objective and factual is Reality TV, or a vlog?

Fact or Fiction? is a collaboration between Eye and IDFA.

Guest lesson

Fact or fiction? can temporarily also be booked as a guest lesson:

film class and filmmaker in your classroom


This programme is only available in Dutch.


1 hour and 30 minutes


€ 250.- per class

Number of participants

Maximum 60 students (2 school groups)

Number of supervisors

Bring a supervisor for every 15 participants. When booking, we always agree the final number with you. Access for supervisors is free

For whom

Years 4-6 of vmbo-gl/tl, havo and vwo. All levels mbo.

Book programme

Use the button on the right side to book this programme. Please book at least four weeks in advance of the desired date. If you have any questions, please contact our education department: educatie@eyefilm.nl