Mea Dols de Jong
Mea’s skills and craft center around observing and exposing inter-human relations down to its finest detail. Combining psychology with refined atmospheric aesthetics, her work appears subtle, yet is provocative at the same time. Driven by realism, she wants to portray real people, share real stories that provoke real emotion – her commercial work reflects this approach and she tackles a commercial brief in the same intimate manner she does with her documentary work. Resulting in films that are very much in a league of their own.
Variety named her as one of the ‘Top 10 Europeans to Watch’, and she was named most influential Dutch media woman of the year. Originally studying to become a fiction director, Mea changed course quite literally and switched to documentary directing. The influence of fiction is however uncanny and remains a thread throughout her acclaimed documentary work. Her 2014 film If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy received global recognition and earned her over 27 international awards.
Always looking for ways to expand her horizons, she was invited for the prestigious Nieman Fellowship (Nieman Foundation for Journalists) at Harvard University in 2018. Since then, the director has aired three primetime feature documentaries. Her latest documentary At the Front of the Information-war has been chosen to represent the Netherlands at the Emmy awards.