Aan allen die zich hier bevinden

Tussen de zinnen in: Aan allen die zich hier bevinden

short film series

In ‘to those who are here’, Rotterdam city poet Dean Bowen paints a harsh and bleak picture of how we, the Dutch, ignore the sins of our colonial past.

With a blindfold tied over his eyes, Dean Bowen sits behind a small school desk. Calmly he recites his poem and while his words take effect, we distance ourselves. Slowly a classroom is revealed, filled with dozens of copies of Dean Bowen, also blindfolded. From behind their desks they recite their manifesto in unison, and educate us about what the history books do not tell us. About how the blood stains the hands, how the chains haven’t been forgotten, and how we can – and must learn so much more.

‘to those who are here’ is the third film in the short film series ‘between the lines’, a series of films based on the poems by Rotterdam city poet Dean Bowen. Created by Rauwkost-Collective in collaboration with the Central Library of Rotterdam and OPEN Rotterdam and made possible with the help of Gedeeld Verleden, Gezamenlijke Toekomst, RADAR, Keti Koti Rotterdam and Visser ’t Hooft Lyceum Leiden.

Commissioned by

Made possible by






Bibliotheek Rotterdam
OPEN Rotterdam
Stichting Gedeeld Verleden, Gezamenlijke Toekomst
Keti Koti Rotterdam

Dean Bowen
Larissa van der Goes
Rayan Belrhazi Alaoui
Indira Flipse
Quan Wassens

Director of photography
Art director
Best boys


Production assistant
Music by

Arjen van Doezelaar
Guido F.G. Jeurissen
Lawrence Lee
Iris Schutgevaar
Jorick Buurstra
Guido F.G. Jeurissen
Daan De Graaff
Sean Vogel
Jorick Buurstra

Eddie Contento
Paula Van Rooijen
Gustavo Santaolalla – “Viento Va Y Ven”
Jorick Buurstra “Abreath”
Kendrick Lamar – “HiiiiPower”