Go to content
The more you know, the less you need is a saying among the Aboriginals and one of scientist Wil Roebroeks' convictions. This archaeologist, for example responsible for the discovery of the first skull remains of a Neanderthal on Dutch soil, is followed at work. Images of excavations in England, of mines in the Netherlands - where Roebroeks as a boy dug for the past and where his passion was ignited - and of the presentation of the Neanderthal skull by then minister Plasterk. The archaeologist is an ardent advocate of primitive man, who he thinks was much smarter than is generally assumed. Roebroeks proves to be an animated, but also a modest researcher, philosophising about the relativity of his achievements: 'I'm good for three inches on a bookshelf', with seemingly modest ambitions: 'I would yet love to find a broom.' A six to seven hundred thousand years old one, that is.


Executive producer
Sound editing
Production company
De Familie Film & TV
TV company
Human TV
Distributor NL
De Familie Film & TV

Title: De magie van wetenschap - The More You Know the Less You Need
Year: 2010
Duration : 40 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2010

NFF Archive

You are now in the NFF Archive. The archive contains contains information on film, TV and interactive productions that were screened at past festival editions. The NFF does not dispose of this material. For this, please contact the producer, distributor or broadcaster. Sometimes, older films can also be found at the Eye Film Museum or the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.