On 15 May 2006, VVD politi­cian Ayaan Hirsi Ali announced she had accepted a job with an Amer­ican think tank. The same day, VVD minister Rita Verdonk declared that Hirsi Ali would prob­ably lose her Dutch nation­ality. This was the onset of a polit­ical drama that led to the fall of the cabinet on 29 June. In the recon­struc­tion of these events, protag­o­nists like Rita Verdonk, Hilbrand Nawijn, Femke Halsema and Britta Böhler are intro­duced. Just like Jutta Chorus, co-author of a book about Hirsi Ali, they look back with mixed feel­ings. Now that the dust has settled, the affair has gained some nuance. The review is inter­laced with images of an asylum proce­dure and archive footage of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A striking element in this recon­struc­tion is the music, set to lyrics by Erik Jan Harmens that comment on the affair. It is even more remark­able that some of the lyrics are sung by Femke Halsema and Rita Verdonk.


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Title: De leugen
Year: 2010
Duration : 1 hour, 30 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2010

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