Heddy Honigmann

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Documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann (born in 1951) is famous far beyond the borders of the Netherlands. Her documentaries feature at film festivals the world over and there have been retrospective showings of her work in Paris, San Francisco and numerous other places. The child of Polish Jewish immigrants, Honigmann was born and raised in Peru, studied film in Rome, and moved to the Netherlands in 1978, where she has lived ever since. Her international background makes her an outstanding observer of the rituals and manners that are a recurring element in her films. Her documentaries convey a sense of love and melancholy, and she is masterly at inducing her characters to lay themselves bare.

Honigmann has won many awards for her work. She twice won a Dutch film industry award, once for Crazy (1999) and once for Forever (2006), and in 2013 had the rare honour of receiving the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam’s Living Legend Award. Honigmann shares her vast knowledge and experience in the master classes, lectures and workshops that she gives around the world.