Biography Dox

Meet The Fokkens

Gabrielle Provaas, Rob Schröder
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
27.02. / Wednesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
Documentary about Martine and Louise Fokkens, identical twin sisters, who both worked as prostitutes in the Amsterdam Red Light District for almost 50 years.

Louise and Martine Fokkens are identical twins. For over 40 years they worked as prostitutes. They freed themselves from the control of their pimps, ran their own brothel, and set up the first informal trade union for prostitutes. Now they bid their farewells. A portrait of these remarkable women, as well as a history of the Red Light District in Amsterdam over the past fifty years.


Gabrielle Provaas

Gabrielle Provaas graduated in 1996 at the University of Amsterdam in Film and Television Studies, with minors in Art History and Psychology. Shortly afterwards she started working as a journalist for Dutch broadcaster VPRO. Since 2002 she has worked as a freelance journalist for various newspapers and magazines. She also wrote a couple of screenplays. As a director and commissioning editor she worked on various TV programmes and made short documentaries.


Rob Schröder

Rob Schröder was one of the founders of Wild Plakken, a designers' collective working for different cultural institutions but also for social and political groups. In 1991 Schröder was asked to work for the VPRO, he designed a great number of programmes. He made documentaries about the extreme right in Europe, the situation in Cuba, the crisis in Dutch politics, consumer society and the environment.  In 1998 Schröder was awarded the prestigious H.N. Werkman Award for his TV documentary Speed.

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2011, 76', video

Directed by:
Gabrielle Provaas, Rob Schröder

Screenplay by:
Rob Schröder, Gabriëlle Provaas

Wiro Felix, Rob Schröder

Edited by:
Sander Vos NCE

Danny Malando

Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2011