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This review was first published on IMDB on october 6th 2015, read it here.

Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide
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Documentaries about supposed real world monsters usually have a hard time achieving any credibility, at least for critical audiences. The MonsterQuest series, for example, has attempted to show a great variety of monsters to the world (including Bigfoot), but could never take off from a somewhat amateuristic approach, and rarely shows the whole picture.

In the case of Bigfoot, this Definitive Guide does a much better job than many earlier documentaries on the subject. For a start, the experts are actual experts. Anna Nekaris, Bill Sellers, Ian Redmond, Jack Rink and Jeff Meldrum are all credible scientists with the ability to see through the fake evidence. Getting together five, rather than two or three was a good thing, making sure the opinion of one or two is well balanced by those of the others. Secondly, the re-enactments of Bigfoot encounters have been given plenty of attention, and include a convincing Bigfoot, even up close. And finally, the team looks at pretty much all the big evidence and theories available, so their reasoning is quite convincing, quite easy to follow and answers pretty much all the questions most people will have about Bigfoot, even its relation to the Florida Skunk Ape and the Asian Yeti.

Whether the findings of the team are actually scientific is still hard to say for the average viewer, especially since their analysis of possible evolutionary explanations for Bigfoot, their analysis of its feeding and mating needs, et cetera are highly speculative. But whether considering the possibility of Sasquatch being a descendant from apes or the possibility of it being much more man-like, the team as well as the narrator approach the subject with more caution, less lust for sensation and with much more reason than many other documentaries on similar mysterious topics. It hasn’t gotten us any closer to actual proof of its existence, but until that is found, this guide can be confidently be called “definitive”.

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Dit artikel is gepubliceerd in de rubriek De vijf beste op de website van de Groene Amsterdammer, 24 februari 2014.

Films over de Nederlandse geschiedenis
De vijf beste volgens Sam Fu Maltha

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Kenau, de nieuwe film van regisseur Maarten Treurniet, gaat deze week in première. De film speelt zich af in de Gouden Eeuw, een in films sterk onderbelichte periode uit de Nederlandse geschiedenis. Filmproducent Sam Fu Maltha legt uit waarom zo weinig Nederlandse historie in films wordt verteld, en deelt zijn vijf beste films uit het genre. 

‘Vijf films over de Nederlandse geschiedenis? Dan is het toch wel heel moeilijk om er niet meerdere over de Tweede Wereldoorlog te noemen, omdat die periode zo sterk belicht is.’

Als er één ding is dat Sam Fu Maltha (producent van onder meer Zwartboek,Tirza en Süskind) bezighoudt, dan is het dat er zoveel onderwerpen uit de Nederlandse geschiedenis zijn die in geen enkele film belicht worden. Gedurende ons gesprek onderbreekt hij zichzelf om de zoveel zinnen als hem weer een gebeurtenis of periode te binnen schiet waar een goede film in zou zitten.

‘Aan de Gouden Eeuw zitten zoveel aspecten die zich lenen voor een film. Toch zijn daar maar een paar films over gemaakt.’ Ook noemt hij… (lees verder bij de Groene Amsterdammer)