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About Dirk van den Berg

A director / writer / producer with vast international experience, DIRK VAN DEN BERG specializes in complex subjects from difficult territories that have an impact on the world.

Dirk's 2019 international feature "1979 BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT" is roller-coaster documentary about the pivotal events and protagonists that in 1979 gave birth to our present time. The film was co-produced by Dirk's OUTREMER FILM and Pascal Verroust's Paris-based K2 PRODUCTIONS, and co-financed by ARTE, RBB, TVP Poland, ORF and NRK. It is already distributed in more than two dozen countries by Cologne-based world-sales NEW DOCS. For more details: http://1979bigbang.com

In 2018 Dirk directed the critically-acclaimed investigative documentary "1979 THE SIEGE OF MECCA". Five years in the making, "MECCA" dives into Arabia's darkest secret and greatest taboo: the hijacking of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest shrine, that ultimately marked the beginning of religiously motivated Islamist terrorism as we know it today. Produced jointly by OUTREMER FILM and K2-PRODUCTIONS, the film is supported by ARTE France, NDR, WDR, HR, RBB, ORF, FFHSH Hamburg Film Found and INA France; PBS International handles world sales. For more details: http://mecca1979.com

Other films Dirk produced in recent years are: "JAMMING ADDIS", "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
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
2015Guzo - The JourneyDocumentary (Mini Series)Dirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH
2014Jamming AddisDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbH
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
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 GmbHscreenwriter
20191979 Big Bang of the PresentDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbHco-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 GmbHco-producer
2014Meine Tochter Anne FrankTV Movie, ARD [de], HR [de], RBB [de], WDR [de]Raymond LeyAVE Publishing GmbH & Co. KG [de]creative producer
2014Jamming AddisDocumentaryDirk van den BergOutreMer Film GmbHproducer
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 GmbHscreenwriter
2010Seams of Desire / The Touch of Syrian Lingerie (WT)DocumentaryLina AlabedOutreMer Film GmbHproducer unfinished, interrupted by Syrian war
2009Generation 9/11DocumentaryNigel NobleHope Production GmbH [de]associate producer (co-director of sequences in Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine)
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)
2004Lives Of The SaintsTV Movie (multi-part)Jerry CiccorittiCapri Films Inc. [ca]line producer

Other projects

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

Basic data

NationalityGerman
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Spanish
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 (1984)
- Music Academy "Santa Cecilia" Rome, Italy (1985)
- National Academy of Drama "Silvio D'Amico" in Rome, Italy; graduated as a director (in 1992)
- University "La Sapienza" in Rome, Italy; MA in Media Sciences and Cinema (in 1992)

- extensive experience as an opera and theater director
- extensive experience as a writer and presenter of public radio
- extensive experience as a content developer for tv and cinema
Further referencesI founded my own production company OUTREMER FILM GMBH in Berlin, Germany with the purpose to create documentary and investigative films with extraordinary protagonists and unusual subjects that have an impact on the world.

The name "OUTREMER" comes from the ancient French word that once stood for mankind's pursuit of the things that appear unreachable, the dreams that one can discover only going on a journey beyond the horizon of the known world.
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 Arabia etc. (to see what I mean please read 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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