‘Now something is slowly changing’

A film by: mint film office

Now something is slowly changing is a clear-cut, distinctly visual portrayal of the present-day coaching and training culture. Using only fixed, wide camera angles, the film investigates different forms of self-development and courses for inner growth and performance improvement. Without protagonists, interviews or voice-overs the film observes, for instance, animal assisted therapy sessions, a class in happiness for primary school children, a training session in dealing with tension and aggression for city law enforcement officers and a vlogger trying to calm her stressed-out followers with gentle, relaxing sounds. It is left up to the spectator to decide whether these mindfulness training programs and coaching courses symbolize something bigger. Where did this search for self-improvement come from? Are we ever good enough?

Country: the Netherlands
Length: 105’
Completion: 11/2018
Genre: documentary
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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  1. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (14 – 25 November, 2018)
    IDFA Competition For Feature Length Documentary & IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary Won: Beeld en Geluid IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary
  2. DOCfeed, the Netherlands (21 – 24 February, 2019)
  3. ZagrebDox – International Documentary Film Festival, Croatia (24 February – 3 March, 2019)
    International Competition
  4. True/False, United States (28 February – 3 March, 2019)
    Official Selection
  5. One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (6 – 17 March, 2019)
    Out of competition
  6. Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Ukraine (22 – 30 March, 2019)
    Closing Film
  7. DOCVILLE – International Documentary Film Festival, Belgium (27 March – 4 April, 2019)
    Outside the Dox
  8. It’s All True – International Documentary Film Festival, Brazil (3 – 14 April, 2019)
    International Competition: Feature or Medium-Length Films
  9. Europe on Screen, Indonesia (18 – 30 April, 2019)
    Official Selection
  10. Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, Serbia (8 – 15 May, 2019)
    International Competition
  11. Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, Serbia (8 – 15 May, 2019)
    International Competition Special Mention
  12. Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland (10 – 19 May, 2019)
    Official Selection
  13. Docaviv – The Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel (23 May – 1 June, 2019)
    International Competition
  14. Elbedock – Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (25 May – 2 June, 2019)
  15. Sheffield Doc/Fest International Documentary Festival, United Kingdom (6 – 11 June, 2019)
    Official Selection

Director: mint film office
Producer: mint film office: JeanMarc van Sambeek, Rosa Duvekot, Max Diezenberg
Cinematographer: David Spaans
Editor: Albert Markus jr.
Sound: Gerben Kokmeijer
Sound Design: Lennert Hunfeld