Noord Oost Hard West / North East Hard West

A film by: Bart van den Aardweg

A closely-knit group of adolescent kickboxers trains every day at a boxing gym in the heart of Amsterdam West. Here the youths are confronted by the strict approach of the trainer. The boxing gym offers shelter and is a place for inspiration to strengthen them in the choices they have to make in life.

Country: the Netherlands
Length: 24’02”
Completion: 09/2014
Genre: documentary
Screening format: DCP, H264
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

Festivals:

  • Netherlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (24 September – 3 October, 2014)
    Student Competition Won: WildCard
  • SCENECS International Debut Festival, the Netherlands (4 – 9 November 2014)
    Debut competition Won: Best documentary
  • International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Poland (21 – 27 November, 2014)
    Competition
  • Mecal – Festival International of Short Film and Animation, Spain (11 March – 19 April, 2015)
    Documentary Competition
  • International Sports Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (17 – 19 April, 2015)
    Out of Competition
  • Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany (22 – 26 April, 2015)
    International Competition
  • Fest München, Germany (7 – 14 May, 2014)
    International Competition
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom (5 – 10 June, 2015)
    Short Docs
  • FEST – New Directors/New Films Festival (22 – 29 June, 2015)
    Short Documentary Competition
  • InTe Cinema Festival, Italy (11 – 13 September, 2015)
    Official Selection Won: Best Documentary
  • Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuania (7 – 11 October, 2015)
    International Competition
  • Curta Cinema – Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazil (4 – 11 November, 2015)
    International Competition
  • Sichuan TV Festival, China (6 – 8 November, 2015)
    International “Gold Panda” Awards for Students Won: Best Photography for Documentary
  • In The Palace – International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria (8 – 13 December, 2015)
    Official Selection
  • WE Film Festival, the Netherlands (28 – 30 April, 2016)
    Non-competitive festival

Director: Bart van den Aardweg
Producer: Michelle Hoekstra
Line Producer: Nanda van Aalst
Cinematographer: Antonio Martínez Urbina
Sound: Kamila Wócjik
Re-recording Mix: Tijn Hazen
Editor: Berend Boneschansker
Composer: Lucas Malec