P.O.V. No.17 - The Chinese Wall: Data on the film and the director


Celia Nufaar as Aagt in The Chinese Wall.

Systke Kok
(Netherlands, 2002), 10 min., 35 mm., color

Principal production credits and cast

Director of photography

Sytske Kok
Rosan Dieho
Nicole Batteke
Tarek Kaszim
NPS, André Bos, Tsunami Film

Celia Nufaar
Eveline Wu
Nucheng Lu


Special Jury Prize and Press Prize, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, 2003
Best Script at INcurt in Tarragona, Spain, 2003
Best Actress Award (Celia Nufaar), Expresion en Corto in Guanajato, Mexico, 2003
Best Film, Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin, 2002
Nomination for Best Short Film in Utrecht/Netherlands, 2002

Sytske Kok, director

After graduating from a one-year theatre course in Amsterdam, Sytske Kok studied scriptwriting, directing and editing. First at the St. Lucas Film Academy in Brussels later at the Film Academy in Amsterdam. There she graduated in 1996 with the critically acclaimed short film Away (Weg) that she wrote and directed.

After graduation she directed various corporate films one of which was for the Royal Concert Gebouw orchestra. This film and another one of hers where nominated for the SAM Talent Award 1998. She also edited Astral, a Hungarian/English dance film by Betsy Torenbos and Louis Andriessen, the French documentary Bateau Bouch'a and a documentary by Noud Holtman for Kids and Docs.

At the same time she developed a feature film project, together with Petra Goedings of Phanta Vision, under working title Jetlag, and also wrote a single play commissioned by the KRO and production company De Luwte (2001). In 2002 she directed this project, working title Deadlock (Impasse), as well as the short film The Chinese Wall (De Chinese muur) written by Rosan Dieho-Hamme part of the NPS Kort! Program, for which she received the best film award at Interfilm Berlin and a nomination for a Golden Calf for best short at the Utrecht Film Festival

Rosan Dieho, screenwriter

Rosan Dieho studied Theatre Science for a year (1984-1985) before turning to practice completely. She acted in the multicultural musical "in de huid van een ander', joined the Dutch youth broadcaster AVRO Minjon and wrote, directed and edited several short films. She was hired as a screenwriter for the celebrated television series '12 steden, 13 ongelukken', 'Pleidooi, 'Gestolen Uren'. She wrote a libretto 'Nepula's King' and a theatre play' Between two worlds'. Early in 2000 she started writing for film. She was granted a writing commission for 'Between Gore and Bluff' and 'Gezichtsbedrog' Both films are under development at Tsunami Film. In 2002 her short film "The Chinese Wall' was nominated for best short film at the Dutch Film Festival.

She teaches at the Writers' School in Amsterdam.

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