The New Artis

About This Project

In search of a future for the traditional zoo.


Artis in Amsterdam, de oldest zoo in the Netherlands, is at a crossroads. Can one, in this day and age, still lock up wild animals in the middle of a city? Or is the concept of a zoo crucial, now that the true wilderness does not exist anymore? For over a year, documentary director Willemiek Kluijfhout stayed within the confines of the zoo, filming the caretakers, the architects, the policy makers and above all: the animals.


Willemiek Kluijfhout


Willemiek Kluijfhout


Chantal van der Horst, Gijs van de Westelaken


KRO-NCRV - Teledoc

Stills Photographer

Anneloes Pabbruwee

Documentary, Ready made