Marjolein Busstra is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Her work has been exhibited at several venues and directed documentaries that have been screened on Dutch TV and (inter)national film festivals. Aiming to unravel identity structures and representations, she captures stories touching on universal themes such as political exclusion, trauma and women rights. Although these are somewhat heavy subjects, Marjolein`s work always has a touch of humanity, humour and personality.

Her documentary I Love my Muslim, about the from Amsterdam converted muslim Carla, broadcasted by Viceland, received global appraisal including tributes from international film festivals like DOK.fest and Movies that Matter. Marjolein is also co-founder of production house Lege Fles. Here she developed campaigns that paint a more complex image of vulnerable situations in non-Western countries; which values self-determination, solidarity, and above all, humanity instead of victimisation. She has documented various subjects for Doctors without Borders and Amnesty International.

After her participation at the IDFA Academy 2019, Marjolein started her newest documentary We don`t talk which premiered April 2022 at Movies that Matter. The documentary was nominated for the Dutch Movies Matter and the Grand Jury Documentary Award and part of Movies that Matter on Tour. In April and May 2022 she had a solo-exhibition in Melkweg Expo Amsterdam with a photo series and two video works of the project We don`t talk.

In 2023 the project traveled to New York and was exhibited by Photoville.

2009 - 2011Academy of Arts St Joost, Breda: Master Photography
2005 - 2007University of Amsterdam: Master Filmstudies
2003 - 2005University of Groningen: Bachelor Art, Culture and Media
1999 - 2003Academy of Arts Minerva, Groningen: Photography

Exhibitions / Screenings
2023Photoville New York: Container exhibition of the photo series `We don`t talk` in Brooklyn Bridge Park
2023Noorderlicht Groningen: Group exhibition photo series `We don`t talk`
2022Watch Docs Warsaw: screening of documentary `We don`t talk`
2022International Film Festival Beholders: screening of documentary `We don`t talk`
2022International Human Right Film Festival Albania: screening of documentary `We don`t talk`
2022Movies that matter festival: world premiere in the Grand Jury Competition
2022Movies that matter on tour: screening of documentary `We don`t talk` in theatres throughout The Netherlands
2018DOK.fest Munchen: international premiere `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Movies that Matter: screening documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Melkweg cinema Amsterdam: premiere documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Viceland TV Netherlands: broadcasts `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Docfeed Eindhoven: screening documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Fjuzn Bratislava: screening documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2016RecycleArt Brussels: solo exhibition `Moroccan moms`
2016Fotodok Utrecht: group exhibition `Family`
2015NTR: five-part documentary series about Moroccan mothers for Dutch television
2014Melkweg gallery Amsterdam: solo exhibition `Moroccan moms`
2014Tolhuistuin Amsterdam: group exhibition in collaboration with `Eddie the Eagle museum`
2013Eddie the Eagle Museum Amsterdam: group exhibition
2011International Departure Gate 11 Modena, Italy
2011CBK Den Bosch: Final Exams, AKV St. Joost: documentary `Alter Ego`s`
2011Kunsthal Rotterdam: group exhibition `Crisis!`

2022VPRO: Nooit meer slapen
2022Trouw: article on documentary We dont talk
Other publications and reviews in VPRO gids, Volkskrant , Cinema Europe , Telegraaf, Parool.
2018NRC: article about `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Trouw: article about I <3 My Muslim
2016De Morgen: article about exhibition `Moroccan Moms` in Brussels
2015VPRO gids: publication on tv series `Moroccan mothers`
2015Vrij Nederland: photo story and short film about convert Carla
2014De Morgen: article about exhibition `Moroccan Moms`
2014Vice: interview about the exhibition `Moroccan Moms`
2014NRC: article about exhibition`Moroccan Moms`
2014Parool: article about exhibition`Moroccan Moms`
2014Trouw: article about exhibition`Moroccan Moms`
2014De Corespondent: publication of three short movies `Urban Nomads` Correspondent
2014De Corespondent: pictures and one short movie about the eviction of `Urban Nomads`Correspondent
2013Mister Motley: article on Moroccan Moms

Work experience
2019Joined HALAL
2018Filming a campaign in El Salvador commissioned by `Amnesty International`
2017Filming a documentary in Irak commissioned by `Doctors without borders.`
2011 - 2020Co-founder production company Lege Fles
2008Banja Luka Film Festival: Programmer student films.
2007International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA): researcher programme-department

2022Nominated for the Grand Jury Documentary award and the Dutch Movies Matter award
at `Movies that Matter` with `We don`t talk.`
2019Participant of the IDFAcademy & NPO-fonds Workshop
2018Nominated for the Dutch Doc Award of `Movies that Matter` with `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to screen and attend
Human right film festival Fjuzn with `I Love My Muslim` in Bratislava, Slovakia.
2016Project `Moroccan mothers` is included in the collection of the museum Amsterdam city archive.
2014One of 20 documentary filmmakers and interactive storytelling talents from the Netherlands
and Belgium at IDFA doc lab academy
2014Selected for the Vrij Nederland photo story
2011Stichting Stedelijke Fotografie: photographer for Dutch Crisis project in cooperation with `Fonds BKVB`
2011Selected for International Departure: Gate 11 Modena Italy
2010Workshop `Sight/Site` Academy of Arts Parsons New York