Minks co-wrote the acclaimed 3D arthouse film Above us all which premiered at the Berlinale in 2014. His first feature documentary Michel, actor loses the words (2018) is now shown in Dutch filmtheatres and at the 2018 Docville International Documentary Film Festival.
Michel, actor loses the words
2018 | feature documentary (co-directed with Irma Wijsman)
Actor Michel van Dousselaere and his wife Irma Wijsman have to deal with his loss of language due to progressive aphasia. The documentary shows two powerful people who take control over a dramatic turn in their life. Acknowledging the sorrow with humor and undying love. Official website
The Modelfeature documentary (co-directed with Jaap Veldhoen)
Laureate architect Herman Hertzberger is still going strong at 85. His most iconic building ‘Centraal Beheer’ in Apeldoorn will undergo a transformation from an abandoned office building into a 21st century sustainable space for housing, work spaces and leisure. Hertzberger calls this transformation “the proof in the pudding”, as his Structalist ideals from the 70s when he designed the building is apt for this kind of sustainability. In this film portrait we get to know Hertzberger, his ideals and vision for urban development and what it means to be an architect.
The stolen children of Spainfeature documentary
After the Spanish Civil War the Franco regime started a program to steal babies from political enemies and have them placed in pro-Franco families. But in the fifties it had grown into such a lucrative business - babies were sold for the price of a Madrid appartment - that even after Franco's death in 1975 this violent adoption business continued. In fact well into the beginning of the 1990's. Since 2009 the scandal of the Niños Robados has become one of the most infamous legacies of the Franco regime.
The film aims to convey the stories of parents who lost their children, and children who never knew their parents and therefore their identity. It's about the violence that was imposed on people and how this violence echoes through time and the generations involved.