The Volkskrant TV Committee for Monday 9 May

Brigitte Borchert and Christl Ehlers in Menschen am Sonntag.


NPO 2, 20.25

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the unrest in Poland is also growing. What does freedom mean for young people in Eastern Europe? Backlight spoke to four young activists with different backgrounds, who are affected by the war crisis. Jana Shostak had to flee Belarus, Aleksandr Konovalov wanted to leave Moscow and Ukrainian Daria Kaleniuk recently came to Poland and is now lobbying for arms shipments to her home country. Polish activist Janek Spiewak is concerned about the war, but also about the Polish rule of law.


NPO 1, 21.24

In addition to unhealthy diet and living habits, stress is also an important factor in the relatively short lifespan of residents in working-class neighborhoods. For the better! Antoinette Hertsenberg is trying to give four people from the suburb of Deventer a healthier life. A living environment with many nuisances, traffic and unrest increases stress levels, but poverty is also an important stress factor for many. Single mother Sevda has a hard time making ends meet. Her finances stress her out, which in turn affects her health.

Philemon and the conspiracies

NPO 3, 21.25

Some conspiracy theories are centuries old, others are relatively young. In Filemon and the Conspiracies, this week Filemon Wesselink joins forces with conspiracy thinkers who made themselves heard during the corona crisis. They often have great distrust of doctors, the pharmaceutical industry, vaccinations and the government. Wesselink talks to Dennis, who suffers from arthritis and is addicted to medication to function. Yet he has no confidence in the pharmaceutical industry and is an outspoken opponent of the corona measures.

Hitler and the power of the image

NPO 2, 22.19

The image specialists Erik Somers and René Kok from NIOD’s Department of War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies examined the Nazis’ use of photos and films. It is the common thread in a documentary triptych from NOS that shows how Adolf Hitler used image media for propaganda purposes. The first episode covers Hitler’s rise in the early 1930s and shows the working methods of Heinrich Hoffmann, the Nazi leader’s body photographer. The creators return to a few places where famous photos were taken.

The cottage in the woods

RTL 7, 22.30

(Horror, Drew Goddard, 2012) The cottage in the woods starts as yet another horror story where a group of young people go to an abandoned forest hut, but then everything in this absolute masterpiece is thrown in a crazy way. On one of the posters in this groundbreaking horror film, the forest hut in question is depicted as a Rubik’s cube floating in the air. There are roofs, windows and entrances on all sides. A smart and powerful image that shows how strange and hallucinatory the film is.

Kristen Connolly and Jesse Williams in The Cabin in the Woods.  Picture

Kristen Connolly and Jesse Williams in The Cabin in the Woods.

The American

Only 5, 23:05

(Drama, Anton Corbijn, 2010) Director Corbijn described his second film as ‘an existentialist thriller with structure like a western’. George Clooney plays a hitman who hides in an Italian village waiting for his next job. From the first elaborate, sad scenes, Corbijn (Control) it was clear that he truly wanted to make anything but an ordinary thriller. Instead, it’s an anti-thriller – a film in which Corbijn almost completely strips the genre of its frills and remakes with events cut into comparable film stories. Gloomy character sketch with Clooney in one of his strongest roles ever.

George Clooney and The American.  Picture

George Clooney and The American.

People on Sunday

Arte, at 00.55

(Comedy, Robert Siodmak, 1930) Rarely beautiful silent film about a couple of friends who spend a sunny Sunday in Berlin in the late 1920s. The historical setting alone means that all everyday events are covered in a layer of melancholy, while the film feels remarkably timeless due to the natural acting and the loose, mid-life style. A lot of talent who would eventually flee Nazi Germany to Hollywood: Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer directed, Billy Wilder worked on the script, Fred Zinnemann was the camera assistant. Shown last night in the restoration carried out by Deutsche Kinemathek in 2014 together with the film museum Eye. The music, from 2021, is by Uwe Dierksen.

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