Dutch censorship in the colonial war 1945-1949: Lecture Louis Zweers

  • Date: 14 January 15:00 - 17:00
  • Location: Filmhuis Den Haag


Louis Zweers, in addition to being an art and photo historian, is a former lecturer in the master's program Media & Journalism at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He compiled more than twenty books on photography, media and history, especially on the Dutch East Indies/Indonesia.


Photographs of fleeing civilians, intimidating interrogations, executed combatants and burned down kampongs had no place in Dutch propaganda. Louis Zweers, along with René Kok and Erik Somers, is the author of Colonial War 1945-1949 - Desired and Undesired Images. This lecture takes a closer look at how the raw colonial war reality was censored in the Netherlands. Prior to the lecture there will be a short introduction to the documentary Indië Verloren - Selling a Colonial War.


On January 11, 18:45 is the premiere in Filmhuis Den Haag of the documentary Indië Verloren - Selling a Colonial War. This documentary was awarded during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) with the Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award 2023 (for the best use of archive material). Afterwards there will be an aftertalk with the director In-Soo Radstake. Check the Filmhuis website for tickets and more info.

Filmhuis Den Haag

Spui 191
2511 BN Den Haag

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