After graduating law school I looked for differently creative work. I was drawn to  documentary,  by the same interest that lead me to study law, the curiosity to understand reality.

Most of my professional energy goes into filmmaking, as writer, director and cinematographer. Recently I also focus on photography. I find meaning in commonly uncommon images that resonate with viewers and provoke  critically renewing perspectives. My interest often relates to labour,  migration and globalisation. I believe sharing stories leads to understanding. Yet, I am currently confused about many of the other roles of documentary film.

Feel invited to contact me with any remarks, proposals, questions or stories. I work fluently in  English, Dutch, Norwegian, French, Swedish, German and communicate as welll in Czech and Russian. Currently I am learning Finnish.

Pieter-Jan Van Damme

based in Helsinki and Ivalo, Finland


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