Bregtje van der Haak
Bregtje van der Haak (1966) is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and writer on contemporary culture. She was acting as editor-in-chief of VPRO television in 2006/2007 and recently led Urban Century, a cross media project on urban life for radio, television, internet and print.
Van der Haak directed Satellite Queens (2007), a widely distributed feature documentary about a popular all women talk show on Arab satellite TV. Earlier, she made the interactive film and museum installation Lagos: Wide and Close (2004, Sao Paulo Biennial) and the documentary film Saudi Solutions (2006) about career women in Saudi Arabia. Van der Haak has been directing international long format documentaries on social, political and cultural issues since 1998, focusing on long term change, notably globalisation and its effects on individuals.
She studied dance in Paris, political science and law at the University of Amsterdam and the New School for Social Research in New York and received a M.S. of Science from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York. She was media Woman of the Year in 2006 and serves as a board member of the Prince Claus Fund and the Praemium Erasmianum.