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About Dirk van den Berg

A director / writer / producer with vast international experience, DIRK VAN DEN BERG specializes in documentary and investigative projects in the Middle East, Africa and other such areas. He has extensive work experience in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Northern and East Africa.

Dirk just finished the international feature documentary "1979 BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT" (for more: http://1979bigbang.com) that in 2 rollercoaster episodes narrates the pivotal events of the year that gave birth to our present: 1979. The film was coproduced between Dirk's Berlin joint OUTREMER FILM and Pascal Verroust's Paris-based K2 PRODUCTIONS, and co-financed by ARTE, RBB, TVP Poland, ORF Austria, and NRK. It is already distributed in more than two dozen countries.

His last film was the 2018 high-profile and critically-acclaimed THE SIEGE OF MECCA. 5 years in the making, THE SIEGE OF MECCA dives into Arabia's darkest secret and greatest taboo, the hijacking of and battle over the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia that marked the beginning of religiously motivated Islamist terrorism as we know it today. Produced jointly by Dirk’s OUTREMER FILM (Berlin, Germany) and Pascal Verroust’s K2-PRODUCTION (Paris, France), the film was supported by ARTE France, NDR, WDR, HR, RBB, ORF, FFHSH Hamburg and INA France; PBS International handles world sales.


Other films Dirk produced with OutreMer Film in recent years are: "JAMMING ADDIS" (distributed in 186 countries), "GUZO - THE ORIGIN OF MUSIC", and "KASHMIR - INDIA'S CROWN JEWEL".

Projects as director

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YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
20191979 Big Bang of the PresentDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]
2018The Siege of MeccaDocumentary, arte, HR [de], NDR [de], ORF [at], PBS [us], RBB [de], RTS Radio Télévision Suisse [ch], WDR [de]Dirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]
2015Guzo - The JourneyDocumentary (Mini Series)Dirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]
2014Jamming AddisDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]
2012WunderWelten - Der Dal-See. Die schwimmende Welt von KaschmirDocumentary (Series), arte, ZDF [de]Dirk van den BergDOK-HAUS Film- und Fernsehproduktion UG
2011Sorry, it's a girlDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]
2000Falsche Liebe - Die InternetfalleTV MovieDirk van den BergCinemakers Film GmbH [de]
1992Tempi Russi / Russian TimesTV Movie, RAI [it], TSI [ch]Dirk van den BergIrchel Film [ch]Pilotfilm

Film projects in other capacities

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YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
20191979 Big Bang of the PresentDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]screenwriter
20191979 Big Bang of the PresentDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]co-producer
2018The Siege of MeccaDocumentary, arte, HR [de], NDR [de], ORF [at], PBS [us], RBB [de], RTS Radio Télévision Suisse [ch], WDR [de]Dirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]co-producer
2014Meine Tochter Anne FrankTV Movie, ARD [de], HR [de], RBB [de], WDR [de]Raymond LeyAVE Publishing GmbH & Co. KGcreative producer
2014Jamming AddisDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]producer
201314 - Tagebücher des Ersten WeltkriegsTV Series, arte, NDR [de], ORF [at], SWR [de], WDR [de]Jan PeterLOOKSfilmfreelance producer
2012Eine mörderische EntscheidungTV Movie, ARD [de], NDR [de]Raymond LeyCinecentrum Hamburg Deutsche Gesellschaft für Film- und Fernsehprod. mbH [de]location scout Jordanien; Danksagung Endtitel
2012WunderWelten - Der Dal-See. Die schwimmende Welt von KaschmirDocumentary (Series), arte, ZDF [de]Dirk van den BergDOK-HAUS Film- und Fernsehproduktion UGscreenwriter
2011Sorry, it's a girlDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH [de]screenwriter
2010Seams of Desire / The Touch of Syrian Lingerie (WT)DocumentaryLina AlabedOutreMer Film GmbH [de]producer unfinished, interrupted by Syrian war
2009Generation 9/11DocumentaryNigel NobleHope Production GmbH [de]line producer (direction of Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine sequences)
2009Generation 9/11DocumentaryNigel NobleHope Production GmbH [de]associate producer
2008The Truth About MenFeature FilmPaul MiddleditchK5 Film GmbH [de]executive producer Germany
2007Steel TrapFeature FilmLuis Camara SilvaK5 Film GmbH [de]executive producer
2007Io, Don Giovanni (WT)Feature FilmCarlos SauraLolafilms [es]line producer
2006The Sick House (aka. The Prey) (WT)Feature FilmCurtis RadclyffeHopscotch Films [uk]line producer
2005On Dangerous Tracks - The Baghdad RailwayDocumentary, arte, History (History Channel), SWR [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbHproduction coordinator
2005The Fine Art of Love - Mine-HahaFeature FilmJohn IrvinTitania Produzioni [it]line producer
2005La Sacra FamigliaTV Movie (multi-part)Raffaele MertesTrend Film S.r.l. [it]line producer (Jordanien)
2005On Dangerous Tracks - The Baghdad RailwayDocumentary, arte, History (History Channel), SWR [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH1st AD (local system)

Other projects

YearProject typeTitleActivityCompany
1990 - 1992FestivalMITTELFEST festival pentagonaleKünstlerischer Vize-DirektorOrganizzazione Mittelfest, Cividale del Friuli

Basic data

NationalityGerman
LanguagesEnglish (Fluent), French (Fluent), German (Native speaker), Italian (Native speaker), Spanish (Fluent)
Experience abroadMiddle East: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates
North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia
North America: Canada, USA
East Africa: Ethiopia
Eastern Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine
Southern Europe: Balearic Islands, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Vatican City
Southeast Asia: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan
Western Europe: Austria, France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
Own equipment1k & 4k complete camera equipment (SONY mirrorless 2018), editing hard- and software (various platforms)
Education- high school degree in Germany
- Music Academy "Santa Cecilia" Rome, Italy
- Italian National Academy of Drama "Silvio D'Amico"
graduation as a director in 1992
- University of Rome "La Sapienza", BA in Media Sciences and Cinema

- extensive experience as opera and theater director
- extensive experience as a writer, presenter and developer for public and private radio
- extensive experience as content developer for TV and cinema
Further referencesI founded my production company OUTREMER FILM to focus on documentaries with unusual and extraordinary subjects and protagonists, and hand-picked feature films. Based in Berlin, we create films in the Middle East, Africa, the Maghreb and Central Asia.

Our name comes from an ancient French word that once stood for man's pursuit of what lies beyond the horizon.
Preferred place of workInternational productions in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, the Mediterranean (that's pure luxury), often with projects located in "risk areas" such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Saudi etc. (details in my resume).
Immediate working areaBerlin
1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Berlin
2nd residence (where applicablen)Paris, Rome
Accommodation possibilitiesAmman, Balearic Islands, Damascus, Düsseldorf, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Munich, New York, other city, Palermo, Paris, Vienna
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