Jan Tenhaven - Documentary Filmmaker
“What kind of films do you make?”
“Actually about everything what fascinates me.”
“So, any focus?”
“No. history, culture, travel, politics, science. Somehow everything.”
(Pause) “Actually it’s always about humans.”
“Ah. So, portraits?”
“No, not necessarily. But in the end it’s always about humans, right?”
“And are these reports or docs or?”
“Everything. It depends”
“Yeah, as well.”
“I prefer those. Actually we’re only watching Arte and stuff like that at home.”
“So, what are you doing exactly?”
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After some very busy months under difficult Corona conditions, two of my projects now have their TV premiere. On October 27 and November 3, the 5-part Arte series A DREAM SHATTERED? will portray ten Americans through this turbulent election year. And on November 9th, in my ZDF documentary HEY, I AM A JEW! young people between the ages of 12 and 25 will talk about their everyday life, their religion and what it is like to be the only Jew at school.
30 filmmakers from Berlin and Brandenburg are currently creating 2-minutes short films shot within their own four walls. Among the participating directors are Wim Wenders, Annekatrin Hendel, Hans-Christian Schmid, Detlev Buck, Mo Asuman and Andreas Dresen.