World Cinema Programming

In collaboration with the Netherlands Consulate General in New York

The Woodstock Film Festival (October 11-15) was pleased to announce the return of the year's Focus on Dutch Cinema, marking the third year of this special category. Sponsored by the Netherlands Consulate and in collaboration with Bruce Weiss (Ironworks Productions), the Woodstock Film Festival has programmed three exceptional Dutch films to showcase the vast range Dutch cinema has to offer: The Chocolate Case, A Real Vermeer, and Waterboys.

"Woodstock has been a great asset for these Dutch filmmakers," said New York-based producer Bruce Weiss of Ironworks Productions who helped organize and curate the section since its inception. "They not only receive recognition and exposure in the U.S., but word of their success in Woodstock travels quickly back to Holland and is covered by much of the Dutch press. There are also several Dutch/American co-production projects now being discussed as a result of this program."

The Focus on Dutch films expands on The Woodstock Film Festival’s mission to highlight fiercely independent filmmaking from across the globe and bring it to a wider audience.

Joost Taverne, Cultural Attaché for the Netherlands in the U.S. said, "We are thrilled that our partnership with the Woodstock Film Festival is now in its third year. This year we have had more Dutch films submitted than ever before. The Woodstock Film Festival has become one of the highlight events for Dutch Culture USA.  It is building bridges between both of our filmmaking communities, strengthening cooperation between them, and will continue to bring them success."

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Netherlands Consulate this year," stated Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "Supporting and celebrating the creative and innovative voices from around the world is an important part of the festival's mission. We are happy to welcome the filmmakers from the Netherlands to Woodstock this fall."

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2017 world cinema programming

the chocolate case

Chocolate is simply perfect. Well, at least I thought so... Until I recently discovered maybe, not so much. 

a real vermeer

A rebellious artist from Amsterdam becomes an ingenious and prolific art forger.



A crime novelist and his 20-year-old son both find themselves single. On a trip to Scotland, they are forced to confront themselves and finally get to know each other.


girl in flight

The story of 11-year old Silvia whose life at home is consumed by her mother's clinical depression. When no one will take the time to fulfill her dream to visit Rome, she runs away, determined to see it for herself.


the square

Disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum.


the traveller

A travel agent who has never travelled is sent on a business trip to Paris, only to find himself confronted by temptations he cannot handle.


us and them

Working-class man tries to kick start a revolution.




la chana

A Gypsy flamenco dancer returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30 year break.


Shingal, where are you?

Set in an abandoned coalmine at the Turkish border, it weaves together the dramatic stories of Yezidi refugees following ISIS attacks and the kidnapping of women and children.




junction 48

Kareem leads an aimless life between odd jobs and hanging out with his buddies in a crime-ridden Arab ghetto  But a family tragedy brings him closer to his singer girlfriend and motivates him to do something more with his life

my feral heart

After his mother passes away, Luke, a young man with Down syndrome, is forced to move into a care home. After sneaking out of the house to explore the countryside, he meets a young woman who gives him hope and purpose.


A determined police inspector searches for Chilean politician Pablo Neruda after he goes into hiding in 1948.

the confession

An account of the rise of modern jihad, its descent into terror and the disastrous reaction of the West.



freedom runners

An Israeli teacher starts a running team for his young African refugee students.


god knows where i am

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned farmhouse, and a diary documenting a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity lies next to the body. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water during one of the coldest winters




An observational portrait of life on Kivalina, a tiny island 130 miles above the Arctic Circle that is disappearing with the melting of the modern Arctic.

the islands and the whales

On the isolated Danish Faroe Islands, the longtime hunting and fishing practices of the Faroese are being threatened by animal rights activism, plummeting wildlife populations, and rising mercury levels.

the promised band

Using a band as a cover story, a group of unlikely rebels with dubious musical skills pass over forbidden borders and into each other's tangled lives in Israel and Palestine.


stronger than bullets

A defiant music scene erupts during the 2011 Libyan revolution.




women of maidan

Women of Maidan tells the story of the women's life-supporting force, unity, courage and sacrifice during the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity.

meet me in venice

Becoming father and daughter in one week.



moscow never sleeps

The stories of five people in Moscow weave together.



A woman inherits a dilapidated farmhouse and hopes to turn it into a bed and breakfast with her husband's help. As rebuilding gets underway, she finds herself lured into a torrid affair with a contractor.

there should be rules

Two teenage girls try to get a jump start on growing up.


babushkas of chernobyl

Several women return to the exclusion zone after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and reside there for years.


drawing the tiger

A family in rural Nepal is given a chance to break its cycle of poverty when its smartest child is awarded a scholarship in the city. When she doesn't return home, the family is forced to survive without her.

family matters

Tells the story of how, 30 years ago, the divorce of a woman who went on to become an author, and her husband, a rabbi, shook Bnai Barak and affected the lives of their 7 children.

i will not be silenced

The Australian, Charlotte Campbell Stephen, campaigns for women's rights in Kenya after she is gang raped in Nairobi.



the poet of havana

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Cuban musician Carlos Varela with interviews, concert footage and his celebrity friends.




Ali drifts away from his family after his mother dies.



the man who saved the world

In 1983, Russian Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov prevents a nuclear disaster after receiving false information about U.S. missiles heading toward the Soviet Union.


a small section of the world

An all-female Costa Rican coffee-growing cooperative spawns a female business-empowering conference.


a snake gives birth to a snake

South African actors tour war-torn regions to share their country's experiment with reconciliation.




angel azul

Filmmaker Marcy Cravat films the birth of an artificial coral reef.




antarctica 3d: on the edge

A glimpse of the vast continent and its wildlife and the struggle of some species to adapt to melting ice.


east jerusalem/ west jerusalem

David Broza, an Israeli singer-songwriter, sets out to open dialog between the Israelis and Palestinians through music.


red lines

After Syria's Bashar al-Assad attacked his own people, activists smuggled aid into war zones and attempted to create civil, democratic enclaves in their homeland.


Inventor Dean Kamen creates a water-purification system and spends more than 15 years trying to distribute the machine to countries worldwide.


the forgotten kingdom

A young man travels to his ancestral land to bury his estranged father. He is drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the land and people he had forgotten.



man of tai chi

A young martial artist's amazing skills in tai chi grant him entry into an underworld fight club.



apartment in athens

A Greek family is forced to host a stern German officer who makes their lives miserable.


compass is carried by the dead man

Mexican boy bound for Chicago tries to cross the border, but is the crowded wagon he rides in going the right way?


words of witness

Heba Afify, a 22-year-old journalist, defies cultural norms and family expectations in Egypt by covering the historical events surrounding her.

the world's finest chef

For eight years, Master Chef Rasmus Kofoed has been obsessed with a dream - a dream of winning the Bocuse D’OR, the individual world championship for chefs in fine gourmet cooking.

those who remain (los que se quedan)

Families who are left behind feel the impact of immigration when loved ones journey north.