De Volkskrant TV selection for Thursday 8 December

[De echte Katherine Johnson, de NASA-wiskundige die in Hidden Figures wordt gespeeld door Taraji P. Henson, overleed in 2020 op 101-jarige leeftijd.]

Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer in ‘Hidden Figures’ by Theodore Melfi.



NPO 2, 20.27

With solar meadows and wind farms, the Netherlands is firmly on the way to achieving the climate goals. Hundreds of turbines will therefore be added before 2030. Local residents are not always happy with the wind turbines and experience noise nuisance. However, it is almost pointless to complain because the noise from the wind turbines falls within the permitted standards. Zembla investigates how it is possible that people are still disturbed by the sound of wind turbines. How and who sets these noise standards and are people seriously listened to?


Veronica, 8:30 p.m

(Crime, Todd Phillips, 2019) An anti-superhero movie stood Todd Phillips (The hangovers) for the eyes. No special effects or spectacular action scenes, but a gritty character study of the most beloved villain in the Batman universe. IN joker this character is the lonely, narcissistic and traumatized Arthur Fleck, who takes seven types of medication for his mental health problems. Joaquin Phoenix makes Fleck terrifying and vulnerable childlike at the same time. However, Phillips refreshes the social parallels. Sexual misconduct, the gap between the elite and the people: the viewer does not have to think too much and can simply tick the problems.

Joaquin Phoenix in 'Joker' by Todd Phillips.  Picture

Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ by Todd Phillips.

The girl in the spider’s web

RTL 7, 8.30 p.m

(Thriller, Fede Alvarez, 2018) Film adaptation of the fourth book written by David Lagercrantz in Millenniumseries about investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and cyberpunk hacker Lisbeth Salander. Here, too, the well-known characters move in similar costumes in the same dingy, industrial Sweden. But now it’s Claire Foy – the primitive and proper Elizabeth The crown – instead of Noomi Rapace or Rooney Mara torturing a Swedish businessman with white make-up around his eyes to beat his wife. More than ever before, director Alvarez, who excels in the action scenes, turns Salander into a superhero.

Sylvia Hoeks in 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' by Fede Alvarez.  Picture

Sylvia Hoeks in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ by Fede Alvarez.


2 Doc. map: Ahmed’s broken land

NPO 2, 21:08

Images of the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport went around the world last summer. One of the eyewitnesses at the scene was the Afghan taxi driver Ahmed, who saw desperate compatriots hanging from the wings of planes taking off. He himself decided not to risk it, but to stay back in a country without a future. In the short documentary Ahmed’s Broken Land by director Sakir Khader, Ahmed visits his homeland of Wardak, which was completely destroyed in the battle between the Taliban and US troops.


2Doc: It’s Not a Past – 08 12 1982

NPO 2, 22.18

On the night of December 8, 1982, forty years ago today, fifteen political opponents of dictator Desi Bouterse were tortured and murdered in Fort Zeelandia. The documentary It is no past – 08 12 1982 by Ida Does reflects on the December murders, an event that changed Suriname forever for many people. Noraly Beyer talks to contemporaries and young people about the lasting consequences of the infamous murder, and there are testimonies and reconstructions based on the criminal case against the perpetrators.


Laurel Canyon

Canvas, 11 p.m

One year after the music documentary Echo in the Canyon published another analysis of the music scene in and around Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. Alison Ellwood’s documentary in two parts Laurel Canyon portrays the biggest names and most influential artists of the period. Archival footage of Joni Mitchell, The Doors, The Mamas and the Papas and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, among others, was complemented by unique footage of their fans. Next week, part two will look at the impact of the Woodstock and Manson murders on the California music scene.

Hidden Figures

Only 5, 00.15

(Drama, Theodore Melfi, 2016) Beautiful drama, based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly about the first African-American NASA employees. Pioneering work by women who recalculated flight calculations in segregated Virginia before computers took over. The film, nominated for three Oscars, follows the rise of three of them and is full of infectious conversations: the mutual mockery, the fierce defense against the disadvantage. Theodore Melfi directs his historical film with a dash of accessible Disney flair. This simplistic, sometimes slightly comical depiction of their lives and their historical significance suits the film because it also has the necessary bittersweet scenes.

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