war film


Partly fictionalised story of a Dutch resistance fighter who is caught and executed by the Germans.

A metal worker goes to ground because he doesn’t want to collaborate with the Germans. He joins the resistance movement and, after being wounded during a raid, he ends up in hospital. He escapes but is arrested not long after and taken to a concentration camp. He is executed in September 1944, just weeks before the Allied forces reach the camp.


Film made at the initiative of the Vereniging Groningse Oud-Illegale Werkers (Association of Old Illegal Workers of Groningen) and is about the Resistance in Groningen during the Second World War.

Performed completely by amateurs, the film chronologically depicts a number of actions carried out by the Resistance that have been edited together to make a single coherent story. The film has a strong documentary character and provides much information about the background of the Resistance.

Bezet gebied

Dramatised documentary about the Dutch resistance during the Second World War.

The German forces have occupied the Netherlands. In spite of promises to respect their way of life, the Dutch are forced to obey the Germans at every turn. The resistance movement begins to organise acts of sabotage such as stealing ration cards and distributing illegal newspapers. The German retaliate without mercy: some resistance fighters are shot, others face arrest. During a daring raid on the prison they are freed.

Als twee druppels water

War film based on W.F. Hermans’ De donkere kamer van Damocles, in which a young man meets his double.

Writer W.F. Hermans and director Fons Rademakers shared a fascination with people’s behaviour during the Second World War. The story explores the boundaries between good and bad in wartime.

De overval

War film about a raid on a prison in Leeuwarden in 1944.

On December 8 1944, a number of Frisian resistance fighters raided a prison in Leeuwarden and, without loss of blood, freed dozens of prisoners, among them several leaders of the Leeuwarden resistance and a police inspector. For some of the prisoners, severely weakened by torture, the raid came just in time. De overval paints a sober and unromantic picture of this heroic deed.

Herwinnen door werken

Herwinnen door werken, subtitled How we saw Netherlands - is a filmed colour portrait of Netherlands just after the Second World War. Immediately after the liberation of Deventer in April 1945, Alex Roosdorp and his wife Marie Roosdorp-van den Berg began filming of the devastation around them: wrecked towns, destroyed infrastructure and floodplains.

Oorlog en vrede 1918

After the death of Gaston de Roqueville, Ninette marries the new manager of the Roqueville Steel-Works, Jean Ducrot. Mario Laurent, thanks to his important invention, has managed to regain a worthy position in society, ably assisted by his wife Anny, and is visited and praised by highly placed persons from the army and navy. With the support of the lawyer Hofman, Mario is put in charge of the factory after Ducrot is demoted. Under the mask of friendship and politeness, Ducrot broods on means to injure his successor and does everything in his power to thwart him.