Maartje Nevejan

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Maartje Nevejan
Occupation(s)Stage actress
Film actress
Television actress
Television director
Documentary filmmaker
Known forCouscous and Cola
AwardsDutch Academy Award Golden Calf for Best Actress

Maartje Nevejan (born in Utrecht, Netherlands) is a Dutch documentary filmmaker, best known for multimedia productions like 14 and one stations, Couscous & Cola.[1] and The National Canta Ballet


Nevejan performed in theater for 10 years and has been working as a director in the media since 1997. She studied acting at Stella Adler in New York City and with the Peter Brook company in Rome, Italy in the ‘80s. She graduated from the Amsterdamse Toneelschool & Kleinkunstacademie in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1987.


Nevejan acted for Art & Pro for Frans Strijards (Handke, Strijards, Chekhov), and performed in several other theater groups and tv productions. She formed her own group “De Akteurs” from 1991–1997, and switched to documentary filmmaking in 1997. She has worked for KRO, BRT, BNN, Al Jazeera and Human.[1]

Nevejan was married to architect Rein Jansma (1959-2023).

Partial filmography[edit]

As filmmaker
  • 14 and one stations, (15 episodes 1999-2000), KRO, BRT, Finland[2]
  • Come with me in the Void, (2001) (30 min BRT, KRO[2]
  • Esperanza Divina, (2001) (90 min. video)
  • Just the way it is supposed to be, (2002) (30 min. AIDS-Congress Barcelona)
  • Virtual Fatherlands, (2003) (50 min. documentary), Viewpoint Fiction Value, Festival, show, short film[2]
  • Couscous and Cola to America, (8 episodes, 2004)[1][3]
  • Double portrait (2004) (BNN, short documentary)
  • Youngsters and the news, (2006) (FunX/BNN)
  • Couscous and Cola to Africa, (9 episodes, 2007) (BNN)
  • Couscous Global website, (265 minimovies, 2008)
  • Theo van Gogh? Die is dood, (59 min., Collumn/HUMAN, 2009)[4]
  • The other Sudan, (2009) (Museumpiece Leiden)
  • Sophie and Saar, (2009) (15 min., IDFA)
  • De Prik en Het Meisje (2011) ( 58 min., HUMAN/IDTV); also known as "Once upon a vaccination"; official selection Nederlands Film Festival 2011
  • De Inboorling: (2011, Viewpoint/Leesmij)
  • Het Nationale Canta Ballet:(2012, Viewpoint/NTR)
  • 'Wij zitten vast' (2015) (tv series BNN, 8x40 min.)
  • 'Harry, Tiny en Sonja' (2015) (58 min, HUMAN)
  • 'Ik ben er even niet'/'Are You There? (2019) (92 min/58 min VPRO)
  • Descending the Mountain, (2021) (50 min. documentary MNP)
As actress


When Couscous & Cola received the 2005 'Silver Zebra' Media Award, the jury announced "Hele spannende televisie. Prachtige verhalen. Soms schrijnend. Zet de doelgroep aan het denken. Een moderne roadmovie. Flitsende beelden, snelle montages." (Very exciting television. Beautiful stories. Sometimes poignant. Put the audience thinking. A modern road movie. Flashing images, rapid montages.)[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Couscous & Cola". Aljazeera. 6 May 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Couscous&Cola en FunX Chill winnaars van Zilveren Zebra en Zilveren Pluim". Art1 (in Dutch). 28 November 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Ontslagen journalist beroemd door YouTube-filmpje". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Tv-zenders staan stil bij dood Theo van Gogh". De Gelderlander (in Dutch). 27 October 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2010.

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