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Ajax - Daar hoorden zij engelen zingen

Director: Roel van Dalen
Documentary following the first team of Ajax during their tragic centenary jubilee season 1999-2000.
In Ajax - Hark the Herald Angels Sing, the opening film of the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam 2000, Roel van Dalen interweaves three narrative threads. He follows the first team during their tragic centenary jubilee season 1999-2000 and demonstrates to what extent Ajax is run like a company behind the scenes. At the same time, he looks at the junior teams, where hopeful children learn at a very young age how tough the road to the top is. Thirdly, Van Dalen visits the soccer school that Ajax set up in Ghana, and where Ajax scouts search young talents to take back to the polder. The colonial attitude of the scouts results in a few embarrassing scenes, like when the age of the players, who are standing in a row, has to be assessed.


Executive producer
Set geluid
Hugo Dijkstal Audio Postproductie
Production company
TV company
Distributor NL
RCV Entertainment
Title: Ajax - Daar hoorden zij engelen zingen
Year: 2000
Duration : 1 hour, 31 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2001

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Lange Documentaire (2001)
Roel van Dalen

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