Age of Action


As a preview of the Industry Forum 2020, Netherlands Film Fund and Cinekid celebrate upcoming Dutch Youth Productions! Check out the conversation between Heleen Rouw, Director Cinekid, and Bero Beyer, Director Netherlands Film Fund, while they talk about the future of youth productions in the Netherlands, upcoming challenges and opportunities.

19 October | 14:30 - 15:10 
Multi-taltented Akwasi Ansah will talk about the responsibilities of media-makers when it comes to creating for young audiences, reflecting on his experiences.

20 October | 18:00 – 18:40 
Alison Gopnik will break down how parents can actually learn from children and child’s play.

21 October | 15:00 - 15:40
Nicholas Mirzoeff will talk about what he is seeing in the world today: think whiteness and visual interaction; statues and removal; the question of ‘erasure’.



Akwasi Ansah
Multi-talented Akwasi (full name Akwasi Owusu Ansah), born in Amsterdam with roots in Ghana, is a storyteller at heart. Whether via rap, poetry or by making television programmes, he wants to inspire, fascinate and stimulate. With words. Akwasi is a creative centipede who subscribes to the maxim: rather be a first-rate version of yourself than a second-rate version of someone else. He started rapping at the age of fourteen and founded the group Zwart Licht (Black Light) five years later. He owns the record label Neerlands Dope and offers young musical talents the opportunity to grow from regional to national level. Since 2020, the label has been rebranded as NEED Recordings. Akwasi also gives workshops in writing, drama, rap and stage presentations, and takes time to coach children. With his company NEED Vision, he makes authentic and highly original television programmes. His debut was the innovative meditation program for children; ReChill.

Alison Gopnik
Alison is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, where she has taught since 1988. She received her BA from McGill University and her PhD from Oxford University. She is a world leader in cognitive science, particularly the study of children’s learning and development. She is the author of over 100 journal articles and several books including the bestselling and critically acclaimed popular books The Scientist in the Crib (William Morrow, 1999), The Philosophical Baby: What children’s minds tell us about love, truth and the meaning of life (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009), and The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the new science of child development tells us about the relationship between parents and children (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2016). She is a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She writes the Mind and Matter science column for the Wall Street Journal, and she has also written widely about cognitive science and psychology for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Science, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, New Scientist and Slate, among others. She has frequently appeared on TV and radio including “The Charlie Rose Show” “The Colbert Report” and “Radio Lab”. Her TED talk has been seen over 4.2 million times.

Nicholas Mirzoeff
Nicholas is a visual activist, working at the intersection of politics, race and global/visual culture. In 2020-21 he is ACLS/Mellon Scholar and Society Fellow in residence at the Magnum Foundation, New York. Among his many publications
, The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (2011) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies in 2013. How To See The World was published by Pelican in the UK (2015) and by Basic Books in the US (2016). It has been translated into ten languages and was a New Scientist Top Ten Book of the Year for 2015. The Appearance of Black Lives Matter was published in 2017 as a free e-book and in 2018 as a limited edition print book together with the art project “The Bad Air Smelled Of Roses” by Carl Pope and a poem by Karen Pope. Since the 2017 events in Charlottesville, he has been active in the movement to take down statues commemorating settler colonialism and/or white supremacy and convened the collaborative syllabus All The Monuments Must Fall, fully revised after the 2020 events. He curated “Decolonizing Appearance,” an exhibit at the Center for Art Migration Politics (September 2018-March 2019). A frequent blogger and writer, especially for the art magazine Hyperallergic, his work has appeared in The Nation, the New York Times, Frieze, the Guardian, Time and The New Republic.