The League Against Swearing
Directed by: Luuk Bouwman
Broadcasting date: 23th of June 2015
Premiere: 17th of June 2015
The League Against Swearing is a Dutch organization that has existed for nearly a hundred years. Its Protestant founders wanted to warn the Dutch people about the dangers of blasphemy.
With funding for the organization on the decrease, the new director and PR-man of the League think up a new strategy to ‘confront The Netherlands with its own language’. To communicate with a bigger audience the organization’s mission is broadened from a focus on blasphemy to respectful language in general. Employees of the organization travel around the country to talk with people about foul language. They visit city centres and schools and are confronted with disinterest and derision. But also new, unexpected allies present themselves.
In multi-cultural Holland, the League is enthusiastically welcomed by Islamic schools. In ‘fly-on-the-wall’ scenes the documentary shows an organization that is trying to redefine its existence. Will they succeed at finding new supporters?
Luuk Bouwman studied AV design and creating tvprograms at the Art Academy St. Joost in Breda. As an intern he made items for the experimental TV program ‘Waskracht!’(VPRO)
In 2001 he founded Tropisms.org, a documentary platform on the internet, one of the first videoblogs ever.
In 2006 he made the long documentary ‘The New West’ for VPRO Dokwerk.
From 2004 until 2012 he played guitar in the very successful band Aux Raus, toured all over the world and recorded three albums. He made a large number of music videos and live recordings of bands.
In 2012 he made the documentary “Dark Oss’ about the criminal history of the city of Oss, broadcasted by Omroep Brabant.
Luuk Bouwman is currently working on the documentary “It’s true, but not here” about artist Dick Verdult.
co-regie: Maurice Trouwborst
Editor: Barbara Hin
Sound: Bram Meindersma
sound design: Jeroen Goeijers
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