Koen Suidgeest

the Netherlands

Koen Suidgeest (Amsterdam 1967) works as a director, writer and photographer, primarily in the field of documentaries. His interest resides in socially engaged projects with a strong focus on human rights. With his documentary Casting (2006) he became the first Dutch filmmaker to be nominated for a Spanish Academy Award (Goya). His multiple awardwinning Karla’s Arrival (2011) was selected for 40 film festivals, shown on television in 14 countries, and won him widespread international recognition.