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Nina Karim van Oort (1991) studied Fine Arts at ArtEZ in Arnhem and graduated in 2015 from the Dutch Film Academy with the short documentary JOYLAND (2015), Premiere: Netherlands Film Festival (2015). The same year she directed the short documentary IN NAME OF PUCK (NPO, 2015). In January 2019 she finished her short documentary A CLUB CALLED WILLPOWER (Door Wilskracht Sterk, NTR), which premiered at the Debut Competition of the Netherlands Film Festival (2019). At the moment she is working on the childrens documentary Ladytrucker (2020, AVRO-TROS).

For me, the essence of documentary filmmaking lies in revealing human vulnerability. When major changes occur, when someone’s "life foundation" seems to fall apart, people lower their guard. This is when I feel a real connection can be made; between me and the characters, between the character and the viewer. By offering a stage for vulnerability I hope to bring people closer together, to create recognition and a form of mildness; towards the other, in the choices other people make even if we disagree with them, and towards ourselves.
How people find their faith after great doubt moves me. Therefore you could say my films are almost always about hope or the search for hope. Below these personal stories my documentaries have a strong social character, questioning how our society works and how value is being measured.

As a filmmaker I do not believe in a fixed reality. For me, the creative process is a constant interaction. New realities arise in the contact between me, the creative choices that I make and the characters.


In the future, I hope to continue developing myself in the field of documentary photography alongside my work in documentary filmmaking. Additionally, I aim to collaborate more with fellow artists.

Next to my independent work as an artist, I have been teaching and offering creative advice. Sharing what I've learned and discussing the meaning of a creative life with others is something I truly enjoy.



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