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KAYA – webdocseries
Directed by Kim van Haaster
Produced by Kim van Haaster & Charlotte Rietbergen

Kaya is a 14 year old judoka living in Amsterdam. Her big dream is to be an Olympic champion. We follow Kaya during her development as top sportswoman until her (hopefully) taking part to the Olympic Games. The question is what does it take to aim for your dreams.


I CAN’T STOP – documentary series

A web series about addiction for 9+ audience. The project was selected for the workshop Kids & Youth at Beldocs 2020.



IN HAVANA (2020)
Directed by Kim van Haaster
16 Min.
Spanish, English subtitles

Anthony (8), Carolina (11) and Camilo (9) introduce their friends and family and show what they do in the very different places they live in Havana city, the capital of Cuba. Meanwhile we learn about their beliefs, dreams and hopes for the future.

Currently available at the Docs for Sale catalogus – IDFA 2020/2021.




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Play is the highest form of research – Albert Einstein

Play, no matter what!
Directed by Kim van Haaster
2014, 54 min.
Ratio 16:9, HD
Romanian & English spoken
English subtitles

Rachitoasa is the hilly hometown of Alexandra and Noni, two Romanian teenagers at the age of fourteen. There is not much else to do in Rachitoasa but to go school, work the land, help out in the household, or hang out on the streets. But one glorious day a bunch of funny looking, foreign people come to live in their village and stay a while. They turn the abandoned, and rundown school building down the road into a colorful place for them to play! Ash and Jolien and the two teenagers become friends and hand-in-hand they play and figure out what they are good at and what is valuable in life. And because play transcends language- and cultural barriers it is universal, and it turns out to be the ultimate learning tool, and the perfect escape from the reality of everyday life in Romania. The documentary “Play no matter what!” shows the joy and happiness of life, how something is made out of nothing, and how great things can be done in a very simple way.

Director & producer Kim van Haaster
Cinematographer Ernst Herstel
Boom operator Dick Fennema
Editor Marijke Noordegraaf
Sound Richard Wilder
Music Jaco Benckhuijsen
Colorist Remi Lindenhovius
Researcher & direction assistant Andreea Dumitriu

To pay for the shoot in Romania I have successfully executed a crowdfunding campaign at Cinecrowd.

Watch Play, no matter what! online