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The Loot is an eight-part series about art-robbery through centuries.
During colonialism, looted art was considered a colonial heritage and therefore the property of the colonizer. But is all that property rightfully owned and who actually determines that? Should European museums not conduct a large-scale introspective investigation into unlawful heritage in the collections? What happens if (Western) museums proactively return objects? Is it primarily a way to come to terms with yourself? That is what The Loot is about.

The Loot is an eight-part series about art-robbery through centuries.
During wars, revolutions and colonial occupation, often even state-backed thefts take place. The most special showpieces were brought triumphantly on floats into the hometown. Sometimes it was a diamond, other times a complete temple that was demolished brick by brick and completely rebuilt elsewhere. Then again a towering obelisk or a huge gold and silver treasure. Napoleon commissioned raids throughout Europe and North Africa to make the Louvre the museum centre of the world. During colonialism, the looted art was considered a colonial heritage and therefore the property of the colonizer. But is all that property rightfully owned and who actually determines that? Should European museums not conduct a large-scale introspective investigation into unlawful heritage in the collections? What happens if (Western) museums proactively return objects? Is it primarily a way to come to terms with yourself? That is what The Loot is about.

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Credits

  • Release
  • End 2020 on BNNVARA
  • Format
  • Documentary series 8x45mins
  • Director
  • Hans Pool
  • Screenwriters
  • Hannah van Niekerk
  • Koos de Wilt 
  • Cinematographer
  • Mark Bakker

 

 

  • Producer
  • Hazazah Pictures (NL)
  • Co-producer
  • Ciné Cri de Coeur (BE)
  • Presenter
  • Erik Dijkstra