The documentary is about the life of war journalist Werner van Gent. It's also about the question of what good journalism is and how you deal with seeing such atrocities. In the case of Werner van Gent, music plays a central role.
Scenes were filmed in many countries over a period of 2 years (Greece, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, Hungary) and film material from Werner van Gent's long career from various crisis areas was also processed.
Top-class musicians such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja and James Brandon Lewis are also part of the film with their art.
Making a documentary about a prominent war correspondent like Werner van Gent requires mutual
A challenge and at the same time a unique opportunity was the access to his TV archive with partly unpublished recordings totalling over 900 hours, which could be used specifically in the film. These unfiltered, authentic and often shocking recordings are not only contemporary witnesses of historical events, they also form the basis of the protagonist's life's work.
But the film also lives from spontaneous events that occurred during the production.
The intention was to give the audience a realistic insight into the tragic events and at the same time to give them the opportunity to process these impressions by showing how the protagonist dealt with them: Through music, nature and human relationships.
Further our documentary film "Werner van Gent - life between war and music" won an award of excellence - special mention: Documentary Feature at the Accolade Global Film Competitio, an award for Best Director of a Documentary Feature at
LAIFFA (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards), was part
of the "Solothurner Filmtage 2023", was Finalist at the London Greek Film
Festival and has a Selection of a Filmfestival in Kreta 2023. At the 56th
Houston International Film Festival! World Fest Houston, which is one of the oldest and largest festivals with around five thousand submissions in numerous film categories from over 70 nations,
we won a silver Remi Award for Documentary Feature.
A film about a cultural trip on the Danube organized by Werner and Amalia van Gent - in addition to the documentary