John Harald Foss Fjeldbu | the wrestler
John started wrestling when he was 9 years old. He won a lot of (inter)national wrestling championships: Greek-Roman-, belt-, grappling- and sumo wrestling. In Norway wrestling at top level is an amateur sport so John has a second life as a security guard and a railway builder at the at the Norwegian railroad company.
After watching an old YouTube video of Marlijn he was inspired to once participate himself at La Lutte so he contacted Marlijn. He came to Amsterdam, there was a click so now we have a common goal!
Marlijn Franken | camera, director, editor
Marlijn is an Amsterdam artist and filmmaker. Her documentary shortfilms and lyrical poetic art video's have been selected by (inter)national shortfilm festivals, exhibitions and museums (Brazil, Benin, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, England etc.) As a filmmaker she works alone with a small pro HD videocamera and existing light. Her artists eye is an extra in her work. Marlijn: "being an artist you look different". Regularly she does collab projects with (inter)national artists from other disciplines.
Apart from her free work she makes video in order (Amsterdam Museum, Byzantine Museum in Athens, Royal Talens, Stalhouderij Zadelhoff and individuals). It seldom happens that Marlijn stages a scene; she thinks reality is already too weird and interesting. Keeping on being surprised by reality, about what is; an everlasting source of inspiration!
Website film: http://www.marlijnfrankenfilms.nl/
Website art: http://www.marlijnfranken.nl/
Reinier de Nooijer | producer
Reinier, Marlijn's partner, is a very much needed person in this project. He is the organizer, the one who will arrange the most unlikely things.
These three people have something important in common: a never ending enthousiasm, The strengh to never give up, the wish to succeed! Combining these capacities they will realize their plan.
Fally Sene Sow | visual artist, Dakar
We know Fally since 2011. He showed his work in Gallery 23 in Amsterdam. Like earlier West-African artists on request of the galleryhe stayed with us those 3 weeks. Fally contacted us with his friend Kalissa Cissé.
Kalissa Cissé | organisator La Lutte events Dakar
Young and eager organisator of La Lutte events. He organised a succesful event in a La Lutte stadium, got into a big newspaper and on national tv with it. Now he is busy organising a La Lutte Gala for John. He is busy finding investors in Dakar.
Kris van der Hart | concept© trailer
Kris is an Amsterdam publicity maker with a passion for film. He created the concept for our trailer. For this project he collaborates with Marlijn and Reinier as our communication man, intern as well as extern.
Gonny Gaakeer | voice-over trailer
Gonny, actress and theatre maker, works in the Netherlands and Germany. She did thevoice-over (NL and E) for our trailer.