About me

I was born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and currently reside and work in Utrecht as a documentary film director, archival researcher, and editor specializing in traditional and interactive web-based documentaries.

After my studies in History (University Utrecht) and Public History (University of Amsterdam), I continued to combine proper historical research with engaging storytelling, and started directing and editing big YouTube series about World War 2 for TimeGhost (DE). Meanwhile I also started to develop myself as an independent documentary film director.  In my films I work extensively with archival footage, like I did for my debut film WHEN SHE IS NOT HERE (2023).

In addition to directing, I often contribute as a creative researcher to other documentary films and series. My expertise lies in archival research, and my dual role as a director allows me to merge a creative storytelling approach with meticulous research skills, delivering comprehensive and innovative results for each project. I received training and mentorship from in-house researchers at Sound & Vision (NL) and collaborate closely with esteemed directors such as Tom Fassaert, Menno Otten, David de Jongh, Menna Laura Meijer and Pieter van Huystee.

Finally, I work as a film editor. I do a lot of editing for my own films, but I do the montage for other documentary films and -series as well. 

My films are screened on international film festivals and broadcasted on Dutch television. I collaborate closely with archival film institutions such as Sound & Vision (NL), Reuters (ENG) and Screenocean (ENG), with producers such as Een van de jongens (NL), Pieter van Huystee Film & Television (NL), mint film office (NL) Submarine Channel (NL), TimeGhost (DE) and with Dutch broadcasters such as EOdocs, VPRO, NTR, Omroep MAX and RTV Utrecht.

From time to time, when a topic interests me dearly, I also do commissioned documentaires, like I did for the Living Lab ‘Eerst een Thuis’. Financed by the Ministry of VWS.


directing  ~ editing (Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut X) ~

 documentary research ~ archival film research ~ archival licensing


Wieke Kapteijns
Documentary film & research